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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has explained to Football.London why he decided to take off David Luiz at half time against Molde.

Luiz was in action for Arsenal in their Europa League Group B game against Molde away from home in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

The Brazil international central defender started the match, but the former Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain star did not feature in the second half.

Arteta has explained his decision to take off Luiz at half time, saying that he was injured, adding that the 33-year-old should be fine.

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The Spaniard told Football.London about Luiz: “I hope that he’s fine. This surface brings some different challenges to some players who had issues in their bodies and it’s quite aggressive to play in this surface. We wanted to take zero risks tonight on that. I think he should be fine.”

Positive news

Luiz has established himself as an important player for Arsenal, and his quality, leadership, experience and maturity at the back are very important for Arsenal.

According to WhoScored, the 33-year-old has made four starts and one substitute appearance in the Premier League so far this season and made 32 starts and one substitute appearance in the league for the Gunners in 2019-20.

Arsenal will return to action on Sunday evening when they take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League.

Wolves are a good side, and Luiz’s presence in the back-line will enhance Arsenal’s chances of winning against the Wanderers in North London.

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