Arsenal defenders have to take responsibility for mistakes – Luiz

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David Luiz

David Luiz has said as Arsenal defenders responsibility for mistakes is non negotiable stating he played through pains as his side fought back to draw 2-2 with Tottenham on Sunday.

Granit Xhaka was especially guilty of Spurs ‘ second, sending Harry Kane to the place following a wild challenge on Son Heung-min, but David Luiz recognized the need for a four underfire to solve their flaws.

The Gunners have conceded five goals in two games, with the former Chelsea defender himself shouldering blame for giving away a penalty in last month’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool.

And Luiz, 32, accepts criticism will come his way if clean sheets prove elusive.

“I think it’s normal, in my all my career it has been like that, especially when you are a defender,” David Luiz told Sky Sports.

“Strikers never lose games unless they miss a penalty in the last minute. This is football.

“The (Arsenal defenders have to take responsibility and take this in a good way, in a humble way, to understand when we make a mistake and say that.

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“I’m going to try to do my best, always. I think my game until the penalty at Liverpool was very good, especially for my first big game for Arsenal.”

Sunday’s derby marked David Luiz’s second Emirates Stadium appearance and third in the Premier League since a close-season switch from Chelsea and the centre-back suggested he carried a knock throughout the end-to-end contest.

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“Today, even with pain, I played the whole game and tried to show this spirit until the very end,” he said.

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“I am trying to improve with the team every single day and be mature to understand this kind of moment.”

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