If there’s one player who can lighten up even the dullest of matches, it has to be David Luiz. The Arsenal defender has proven to be an extremely volatile character over the last few games. His goal against Bournemouth proves that he can score when it counts, although his defensive lapses cost Arsenal against Liverpool.
If Luiz is playing, then you know that punters will be laying down bets like both teams to score for their upcoming match against Sheffield United. But is his addition to Unai Emery’s team really what Arsenal were looking for? The North London club have endured a bad reputation for their leaky defence over the past few seasons, and Luiz is hardly the most stable of characters.
Interesting Choice to fix Arsenal’s Defence
David Luiz was one of Arsenal’s shock signings of the summer transfer period. The Brazilian star came to the Gunners for a reported £8 million fee from Chelsea. He had previously re-signed to Chelsea from Paris Saint Germain for a fee of £34 million in August 2016. Prior to this Luiz had played for Chelsea for three seasons, as well as Benfica and the Brazilian club Vitoria.
Luiz proved to be something of a divisive character at Chelsea. His headed goal in the 2-0 win over Manchester City in December 2018 was a fantastic moment, but it was his disciplinary record that tended to hit the headlines. Being awarded red cards for lazy challenges blighted Luiz’s time at Chelsea, and so it wasn’t hugely surprising to find that the London club would try and offload the Brazilian star.
When Luiz came to the Emirates, hopes were high that a change to a new club might dampen his wild ways. But it seemed that the defender hadn’t learned from his mistakes with Chelsea. The 32-year had a terrible game against Liverpool when he was outplayed by Mo Salah and gave away a reckless penalty.
There were also problems in Arsenal’s game against Watford where Luiz fouled Roberto Pereyra in the penalty box and handed the opponents a spot-kick. As a result, there have been plenty of critics of David Luiz. In particular, the former Arsenal star Tony Cascarino has been critical of Luiz in stating that he has none of the qualities that the North London club needs.
Inspirational Character for the Gunners?
Despite these reservations, it’s clear that things appear to be on the up at Arsenal. The London team are currently in an unsettling third place in the Premier League table behind Liverpool and Manchester City. The Gunners finished in fifth place last season and walked away with a
consolation Europa League spot, so they’ll be happy if they can continue this run of form.
Although Arsenal continues to be sloppy in defence, they have managed to only concede 11 goals from their opening eight Premier League games. Ideally, this should be much lower, but it’s worth remembering that both Chelsea and Tottenham have conceded more.
If Luiz can reign in his reckless character, then he could prove to be a real boost for Arsenal. While there is little doubting the attacking combination of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal’s back four have often looked a little toothless.
Above all, it’s the fact that Luiz can continually surprise us that makes him such an attractive player. The Gunners often lacked inspiration in their recent game against Bournemouth, but Luiz’s heroic turn got them three very important points.
If the Brazilian can keep up this momentum, then he could eventually prove the critics wrong and help Arsenal bag that elusive Champions League spot at the end of the season.