David Luiz: I’m Learning About Football Under Mikel Arteta

By The Editor
on 15th April 2020

Arsenal defender David Luiz hails Arteta’s ability to coach and teach football…


Arsenal defender David Luiz has revealed that he is learning about football all over again under the tutelage of Mikel Arteta following his arrival in December, the Brazilian told Gunners legend Ian Wright.

Arteta has been a revelation since his arrival in terms of transforming the feeling around the club, with the players and fans buying into his philosophy.

Communication, or lack thereof, was seen as a major contribution behind Unai Emery’s downfall, and Arteta has been the antithesis to his compatriot.

Right from his first press conference, the former Arsenal captain couldn’t have been clearer in terms of his ideas and how he saw the club moving forward.

All the players seem to have responded well publicly and privately and while results on the pitch have been satisfactory at best, the performances have been much better.

“Mikel is doing amazing,” Luiz told Wrighty.

“I’m enjoying that, at almost 33 years old, to still learn and to still improve and see how beautiful football is.

“Every day something changes; how a new idea or a new philosophy can improve me as a person, as a player, as a leader.”

Luiz went on to acknowledge how football continues to evolve which is best illustrated by the role of the goalkeeper and how they’re now seen as essential members when attempting to build-up play.

“Mikel also tries to make us understand where to play, and how to play.

“He gives us the plan: (for example) if the team is a low block and parks the bus, how we can create and take some responsibility to make a risky pass.”

Arteta recently assured fans that the players aren’t currently on holiday as they await to see when, or if, the football season can resume due to the pandemic. He has set all the players tactical work to do during their spare time and I presume this is a crucial period for the Spaniard to determine who’ll make it here during his tenure.