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Arsenal turns to David Luiz after injury from Rob Holding in warm-up prior to match against Manchester City

Arsenal had to turn to David Luiz after Rob Holding suffered a hamstring injury in the pre-match warm-up against Manchester City, when the Brazilian returned to the scene from his disastrous 25-minute cameo at the Etihad in June.

  • David Luiz had a horror show when Arsenal played against Manchester City in June
  • He was guilty of Manchester City’s opener in a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal
  • Luiz also gave away a penalty and was sent off after a substitute
  • Luiz has since returned and is in impressive form for Arsenal
  • Luiz was on the bench again, but Rob Holding was injured before the game

Arsenal had to turn to David Luiz, who started against Manchester City on Saturday after a disastrous game against Pep Guardiola’s side in June.

The Brazilian center-back had a ghastly 25-minute cameo during a 3-0 defeat to the Etihad in June.

His mistake allowed Manchester City to grab an opener before subsequently giving away a penalty that also resulted in a red card.

David Luiz will start at the Etihad Stadium after his disastrous 25-minute cameo there in June

David Luiz will start at the Etihad Stadium after his disastrous 25-minute cameo there in June

Luiz was warmed up for the game and thought he would be sitting on the bench on his return to the Etihad

Luiz was warmed up for the game and thought he would be sitting on the bench on his return to the Etihad

Luiz was warmed up for the game and thought he would be sitting on the bench on his return to the Etihad

Luiz was not in the starting line-up for Saturday’s return to the Etihad, but Mikel Arteta was forced to make a substitution before the game even started.

Rob Holding who was about to start, was injured by a calf problem during the warm-up.

Arteta now hopes that Luiz will not have anything like his showing in June.

During Sky Sports coverage for the game, Sol Campbell responded to the news: ‘Too bad this happened during the warm-up, but Rob is doing very well and comes over some major injuries.

‘He just needs that consistency, maybe it’s his calf who knows, but David Luiz is a top player, he had a bit of a shaky time last time, but he sat down and comes back and played good football. I don’t think he will be as surprised as he was last time. ‘

A pre-match injury from Rob Holding meant Arteta Luiz had to start against Manchester City

A pre-match injury from Rob Holding meant Arteta Luiz had to start against Manchester City

A pre-match injury from Rob Holding meant Arteta Luiz had to start against Manchester City

His co-expert Micah Richards called Luiz’s performance in June “disastrous.”

He said: ‘Calamity was the word to describe his performance, but it has happened to the best players. Sometimes the opportunity can hit players, I’m sure he would have learned from the last game and put in a better performance. ‘

His Arsenal career seemed in tatters after his mistake in June, but the Brazilian has used that mistake to turn his form around.

Luiz has improved his performance and was a solid member of Arteta’s improving Gunners roster.

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