Luiz has come in for some fierce criticism since he arrived at Arsenal, with the Brazilian failing to tighten up the Gunners’ defence.
Luiz has always had an erratic streak throughout his career, and it has been on display far too often since he arrived at the Emirates Stadium.
The experienced defender was taken out of Arsenal’s team last night by Freddie Ljungberg, with Sokratis and Calum Chambers both favoured.
But Benitez, who worked with Luiz at Chelsea, thinks that the 32-year-old can listen to advice.
“They have the potential, they have very good players. David Luiz, he was my player. He’s a good player,” Benitez said.
“He’s very clever. If you give them the right instructions, they will follow that. But you have to start with the principles, now they are making too many mistakes. These kind of games will give them more confidence.”
Whether Luiz can break back into Arsenal’s team now remains to be seen.
The Gunners picked up a 3-1 victory against West Ham without him last night, as they finally got back to winning ways.
Arsenal are now in ninth place in the Premier League table, with their next match coming against Manchester City at the weekend.
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