• Brazilian centre-back much improved since Arteta arrived
• ‘His attitude in training … it’s superb,’ says head coach

David Luiz is showing his worth as a leader, according to Mikel Arteta, who believes the player’s vast experience should be a powerful force in Arsenal’s dressing room.

The centre-back has performed well in the three weeks since Arteta took over as head coach, contributing to some broadly improved defensive showings. He had, along with the rest of Arsenal’s backline, shouldered considerable criticism in a disastrous first few months of the campaign, but Arteta has urged him to wield his influence more forcefully and believes the penny has dropped.

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