Following the Brazilian’s injury, the Reds head-coach rushed to his side defense claiming they followed every protocol while treating the player.
, called for substitutes after the recent head injury suffered byDavid Luiz
while also defending the way they treated the player’s cut-forehead. Luiz, who was bandaged and allowed to continue playing after clashing heads withWolves
, was later substituted in half-time, but the Gunners actions were still questioned for the way they treat head injuries and concussions.
Arteta defended the actions of their medical staff saying:
“Some people can have the perception whether he should have continued or not.”
“Thankfully we have one of the leading authorities in this country [on concussion], which is Gary O’Driscoll - who is our doctor and has massive experience, not only in football but rugby as well.”
“And he knows exactly what to do. He did all the testing, he followed all the protocols and we were very comfortable for him [Luiz] to carry on playing.”
“But obviously you have to make a decision in one minute, when somebody is bleeding, when you have someone with a massive concussion next to you - whose life is under threat.”
“Maybe it is a moment that we can think to give these people a little bit more time and use a temporary substitution, for example, if we don’t want to find ourselves in those positions.”
“But what I can tell you is everything [on Sunday] was done in the right manner.”
“If you have any doubts at any moment and you need an extra two minutes or five minutes to check somebody - maybe we can think about that.”
“Because, obviously, you are after five minutes to make a decision to find a sub, the player is really pushing you, he is talking about everything.”
“David was constantly asking about Raul, he went to see Raul and he was totally conscious, all the time, about the situation.”
“The player wants to carry on playing and the doctor has to tick all the necessary boxes to be certain another player is okay to continue.”
"So, if we have any extra doubts, okay we give them a little bit more time than necessary but you cannot play 10-15 minutes with 10 men in football.”
Luiz, who will miss their upcoming
game, is still expected to make an appearance againstTottenham
“I think he will be fit to play if the scar is healing properly and he is comfortable heading the ball then there shouldn't be any problems,"
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