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Arsenal Boss Arteta Backs Temporary Substitutes For Head Injuries

Manchester City’s assistant coach Mikel Arteta takes heat up forward of the English League Cup quarter-final soccer match between Oxford United and Manchester City on the Kassam Stadium in Oxford, west of London, on December 18, 2019. OLLY GREENWOOD / AFP.


Mikel Arteta on Wednesday backed requires concussion substitutes after Arsenal’s David Luiz was concerned in a sickening conflict of heads with Raul Jimenez that left the Wolves striker with a fractured cranium.

Luiz performed on till half-time of Sunday’s match, with Arsenal insisting concussion protocols have been adopted, however was changed as blood continued to seep by way of his head bandage.

He has been dominated out of Thursday’s Europa League match in opposition to Rapid Vienna however may very well be match for Sunday’s north London derby at Tottenham.

“Maybe it is a moment that we can think to give these people a little bit more time and use a temporary substitution, for example, if we don’t want to find ourselves in those positions,” Arteta advised reporters forward of the Rapid match.

Arsenal confronted fierce criticism for not changing the Brazilian defender instantly after the collision, which occurred simply 5 minutes into the Premier League match with Wolves on the Emirates.

But Arteta mentioned that Arsenal’s membership physician Gary O’Driscoll had adopted the foundations.

“He knows exactly what to do,” mentioned the Spaniard. “He did all the testing, he followed all the protocols and we were very comfortable for him (Luiz) to carry on playing.

“But obviously you have to make a decision in one minute, when somebody is bleeding, when you have someone with a massive concussion next to you — whose life is under threat.”

Arteta mentioned it was not possible to keep away from unintentional clashes in soccer and that typically they’d result in severe accidents.

“Obviously, it’s never happened in football,” he added, referring to concussion substitutes. “It happens and it’s very common in other sports.

“And it’s just a suggestion. You know I want to be extra protective, which I think we have to be in certain moments when we really are considering the welfare of the players and have a fair competition while the game is still running.”


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