Rio Ferdinand advises Arsenal defender David Luiz on how to get back to his best

Rio Ferdinand has provided Arsenal defender David Luiz with some advice after the defender's season went from bad to worse.

Luiz was back in Mikel Arteta's side for the Gunners' 2-1 FA Cup win against Sheffield United on Sunday, having come back from suspension after his sending-off against Manchester City.

The Brazilian centre-half endured a nightmare return to Premier League action, giving away two goals at the Etihad before landing himself a red card in Arsenal's 3-0 defeat to City.

The 33-year-old looked much more assured as part of a back three against the Blades on Sunday, until he was forced off with an ankle injury in the 54th minute after an innocuous-looking incident.

Luiz has signed a one-year deal to stay with Arsenal next season – after many observers had predicted his Emirates career would be over following his horror show against City.

Ferdinand says the defender must eradicate the mistakes that have blighted his game as he looks ahead to his return from injury.

And the former Manchester United centre-back urged Luiz to draw on all the experience of a career that has seen him win the Champions League, two Europa Leagues and the Premier League with Chelsea, as well as two Ligue 1 titles with Paris-Saint Germain.

"If I'm David Luiz now, he's got to draw on all that experience that he's got as a 33-year-old player at the top level in big games all through his career," Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

"In these situations, we've all been there, where you've lost confidence, you've had a bad game and it's been highlighted in the media.

"The next game is about bringing it back to simple terms – play your way into the game, don't try anything crazy, don't try anything outlandish.

"Concentration levels have got to be at the highest they can be for the full 90 minutes."

Luiz was replaced by fellow centre-half Rob Holding after his injury in the 54th minute of Sunday's game, with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta providing an update after the match.

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"He has hurt his ankle. He will get assessed tomorrow but he was in pain," Arteta said of Luiz.

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