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He was uncomfortable- Arteta Explains David Luis’ substitution

Mon 30 November 2020 | 9:58

The Gunners defender had a nasty aerial clash with Raul Jimenez and was substitute before the second half.

The

Arsenal

centre-back immediately sought medical help after he clashed heads with the

Wolves

’ striker

Raul Jimenez

. The striker was brought out of the field as he was knocked unconscious but David Luiz was able to continue the game. However, Arteta substituted the 33-year-old before the next half and sent Rob Holding to fill his position in the team. In a post-match interview with

BBC Sport

,

Mikel Arteta

explained his decision to substitute the Brazilian. 

"I was shocked [at the collision] because I saw the reaction of the players,

"They were asking the doctors. We knew David Luiz was OK, it was just a cut. Raul Jimenez looked pretty bad.

"The doctor did all the tests and protocols to make sure the player [Luiz] was safe to continue. David was just worried about his cut, he never lost consciousness. He couldn't really head the ball, he was uncomfortable - nothing else - so we took him off."

With Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat against Wolves, Arteta’s team is now left with only one point from their past three

Premier League

matches.

"They had two shots on target in the first half and scored twice," Arteta said when asked about his side's performance.

"The team showed a real resilience, togetherness and belief to try to win in the second half. We generated the chances but didn't score.

"We need more goals to win football matches. We need to keep supporting the players. All players go through [tough] periods. We're creating chances but struggling to score goals. That's the difference between winning and losing.

"When you lose matches the confidence goes down because they believe things can happen again. You need to win after a defeat. We've been doing this in my time here. This is the first time since we've been here [that they've had a losing run]."

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