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Rio Ferdinand hails Mikel Arteta tactical change for improving Arsenal star after strong showing vs Man City

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been given some credit for the improved performance of David Luiz in yesterday’s FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City.

The Gunners won 2-0 at Wembley thanks to a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was a stand-out performer in a fine display from Arteta’s side.

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Still, as good as Aubameyang was, Arsenal would surely not have won the game if not for an improved defensive performance, with Luiz looking a different player from the one who suffered so much in the recent Premier League defeat at City.

Luiz made a mistake for the opening goal and later conceded a penalty and got sent off as Arsenal lost 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium back in June, but the Brazilian made amends with a really strong showing in this big FA Cup game.

Discussing the performance of the former Chelsea man, pundit Rio Ferdinand suggested it was down to Arteta playing a new-look system with three centre-backs.

As quoted by the Daily Mirror, Ferdinand said: “He’s come in for a lot of criticism in the last couple of seasons, and a lot of it rightly so, at times you get criticised.

“The way they set up today helped him. Three at the back, they packed the midfield they played with a defensive security. There was a stability about the way the played, they were composed defensively.

“And what they had tactically – which was brilliant from Arteta – they had a sharp edge on the counter when they went forward they looked dangerous and capable of scoring, and they got two very good goals.”

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