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Arteta Favourite defender resumes training after being out with injury

Arteta most trusted center back David Luiz is back in training after a neck injury that threaten to keep him out for up to six weeks.

The 33-year-old missed the Gunners’ opening Premier
League game of the season against Fulham after suffering a neck injury in Arsenal community shied victory against Liverpool.

Arsenal’s Brazilian defender David Luiz (R) challenges Manchester City’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus (L) during the English FA Cup semi-final football match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium in London, on July 18, 2020. (Photo by MATTHEW CHILDS / POOL / AFP) / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by MATTHEW CHILDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Mikel Arteta stuck with a three-man defence against Fulham, with Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding protecting either side of new signing Gabriel Magalhaes.

However, Luiz’s return would likely see him back in the middle, nudging Gabriel to his left and enabling Tierney to take the left wing-back position.

Some of the Brazilian’s performances came under criticism, case study was against Manchester City in the Gunners’ return to Premier League action.

However, Luiz shone following his return from suspension and a switch to a back three, during which time he signed a contract extension with the North London club side.

Arteta has consistently backed his player, and following Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City, the Spaniard called him “ phenomenal “.

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