‘He wanted to prove everybody wrong’: Tony Adams hails Arsenal’s David Luiz for defiant display against Man City

Luiz was solid against City
Luiz showcased the best parts of his game against City (Picture: Getty Images)

Tony Adams has heaped praise on the ‘absolutely phenomenal’ performance of David Luiz after Arsenal’s shock 2-0 FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City.

The Gunners churned out a dogged display against City, with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring twice to seal the north London club’s place in the final.

Brazilian defender Luiz has come under fire for recent high-profile errors, but was one of Mikel Arteta’s side’s top performers at Wembley on Saturday evening.

And Arsenal legend Adams – who admitted earlier this week that he would ‘struggle’ to play alongside the centre-back – singled out Luiz’s resurgent display.

‘David Luiz was absolutely phenomenal and I’ve been very critical of him recently and I think a lot of people have been,’ Adams told Stadium Astro.

‘So, give credit where credits due, he had the bit between his teeth. He wanted to prove everybody wrong. 

Arteta has led Arsenal to the FA Cup final in his first season
Arteta has led his side to the FA Cup final in his first season (Picture: Getty Images)

‘If there was a crowd in the audience, I don’t know if that’s helped him or not, I’m thinking it may have helped him because in recent weeks I think the Arsenal crowd would have been really on his back and I don’t know how he would’ve reacted with that, but he certainly reacted for me so well. 

‘For this game in particular I just thought he was awesome and I’m going to be shouting from the top of the world that he was outstanding, good performance.’

Speaking after the game, Luiz responded to his many critics with a defiant message.

‘[There was] a lot of criticism of me, you can say that,’ he told BT Sport.

‘It is part of the football, I understood during my career football is about surviving every day you are going to defend your team and other people are going to support their teams it is about surviving.

‘It is what I did I was working very hard every day after my mistakes I took the blame I was mature enough to understand that and I was humble to do that for the team.’

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