Jamie Redknapp has told the Daily Mail that David Luiz has started to silence his critics since being sent off last month, but admitted that he would not be surprised to see the Arsenal man return to the ridiculous at any stage.
It appeared that many Arsenal fans were ready to write Luiz off after June’s defeat to Manchester City. His mistake led to the opening goal, and he was sent off for giving a penalty away in the second-half.
However, Mikel Arteta has continued to show faith in the Brazilian. And Luiz has vindicated that belief with some colossal performances – including in this past weekend’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.
The centre-back was outstanding at Wembley as the Gunners booked their ticket to the final.
Redknapp lauded Luiz’s recent form, but conceded that it may not be too long before he is being criticised again.
“Luiz’s critics said that [the defeat to Manchester City] would be his last appearance in an Arsenal shirt, with his contract on the verge of expiring at the time,” he told the Daily Mail.
“But the club extended his stay and Luiz has gone about hushing the doubters ever since, culminating in Saturday’s sublime showing. It underlined his undeniable talent.
“Don’t get me wrong, tomorrow night against Aston Villa there is every chance that the ridiculous will resurface. But I can’t wait to find out. Watching Luiz is enjoyable because you are guaranteed entertainment either way.”
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It remains to be seen whether Luiz can continue to keep his critics silent. Of course, no player can be expected to make no mistakes during their career – no matter which level they play at.
But Luiz does still arguably need to prove that he can be more consistent over a longer period. If he can, Arsenal offering him a new contract will look like a masterstroke.