Arsenal are reportedly close to completing the signing of Chelsea’s David Luiz but former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson isn’t convinced with the move.
Luiz emerged as a shock candidate to replace former Arsenal skipper Laurent Koscielny who made the switch to Bordeaux a few days ago.
A centre-back was always a priority for Arsenal this window after a season that saw them concede over 50 goals in the Premier League. However, Johnson has claimed that David Luiz is not the player the Gunners should be looking at this window.
He said: “David Luiz is a winner, you have to agree. He’s won all sorts of trophies throughout his career. But I think Arsenal need a backbone and I’m not so sure Luiz can bring that. He likes to play football, he enjoys the game and he plays it the right way but Arsenal need something solid and I don’t think he’s the man for that.”
Luiz’s ability on the ball has been evident in the Premier League for a number of years, but he has had his fair share of difficulties in defence against better players.
Johnson emphasised those mistakes and claimed that having Luiz will put more pressure on the shoulders of the defender next to him.
“He’s great to watch, but playing alongside him he’d be one of those guys you have to be a yard closer to, just waiting for the unexpected to happen. Yes, he’s great when it all comes off and he’s playing with flair, but if I was playing with him you would have to babysit him a little bit. If you are his centre-half partner you’d have to babysit him more than you would do with somebody else,” Johnson claimed.
Luiz has the tendency to lose his positional discipline at times but he will certainly be an upgrade to what Arsenal currently have. At 32, he will fill in the void of experience left by Koscielny and his comfort on the ball makes him a good fit for Unai Emery’s playing style.
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