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Arteta Challenges David Luiz To Become A Leader

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has challenged David Luiz to become a leader at the club, citing the player’s glowing CV.

The Brazilian joined the club from Chelsea in the summer as the Gunners sought experience at the heart of their defence.

“In the games he has played under me so far he has been terrific. His attitude in training, the way he communicates with his teammates, his desire to still learn, it’s superb. I am delighted with him.

“That’s what I wanted to demand of him,” he said. “He is a player that has won more trophies than anybody else in that dressing room. We have to use that in a very powerful way.

“I wanted him to step up, I wanted him to put all his qualities - his personality and his experience - towards the team and he made a big step forward. I am very, very pleased with him.

“For me the most helpful thing for that is communication. If you are constantly communicating with your team-mates around you it makes you stay focused on what is happening all the time.

“If you don’t talk to each other there are always moments or gaps when your focus can go and the back four can’t have those moments.”

 
 

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