David Luiz says Arsenal defenders should take responsibility for the mistakes in the Gunners’ 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
The Gunners conceded twice in the first half through defensive mistakes in the north London derby with goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang in either side of half time eventually earning Arsenal a point.
Luiz was roundly criticised for his performance in last month’s 3-1 away defeat to Liverpool , with Granit Xhaka and Sokratis getting their own share of criticism for their part in Tottenham Hotspur first-half goals on Sunday.
“I think [the criticism] is normal, in all my career it has been like that, especially when you are a defender,” Luiz told Sky Sports News.
“Strikers never lose games unless if they miss a penalty in the last minute, this is football.
“The defenders have to take responsibility and take [criticism] in a good way, in a humble way. We need to understand when we make a mistake and say that.
“I’m going to try to do my best always. My game until the penalty at Liverpool was very good, especially for our first big game.
“Today, even with pain I played the whole game and tried to show spirit until the very end.
“I am trying to improve with the team every single day. You have to be mature to understand this kind of moment.”