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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has told Football.London that David Luiz played a great game against Manchester City on Saturday evening.

Luiz was not supposed to start for Arsenal against City at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League.

Rob Holding was set to line up, but the English defender suffered an injury in warm-up, as reported by The Daily Mail, and Brazil international Luiz took his place.

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Arsenal boss Arteta has praised the 33-year-old former Chelsea star, who can also operate as a defensive midfielder.

Arteta told Football.London: “It was bad enough to make the decision to get him out of the game and get David in. David was really focused, he came on and I think he had a great game.”

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The fact that Arsenal let in just one goal against City shows that the Gunners did well defensively, and Luiz was part of the backline.

According to WhoScored, the former Paris Saint-Germain star took two shots but none was on target, had a pass accuracy of 88.1%, won one header, took 76 touches, attempted one dribble, made two tackles, two interceptions and two clearances, and put in one cross.

Luiz was drawn out of position on the counter-attack for City’s goal, but he sent a good cross for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang late on.

The Express gave Luiz a 6 out of 10 for his performance last night and The Mirror rated him at 5, but Sky Sports gave the Brazilian 7.

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