Arsenal and Chelsea were involved in some late transfer drama on deadline day.
Tim Sherwood has admitted that he was left stunned at Arsenal signing Chelsea’s David Luiz, which came as a ‘massive shock’ to him.
It has been well-documented over the summer that Arsenal have been wanting to add defensive qualities to their squad, as they took the unexpected decision to secure the services of Luiz on deadline day [BBC Sport].
Centre-back Luiz has been a regular at Stamford Bridge in recent seasons, but the arrival of a new manager in Frank Lampard wasn’t exactly going to guarantee that he would be keeping that first-team spot.
Speaking to Sky Sports News (08/09/2019 at 9:30 pm), former Tottenham manager Sherwood shared his thoughts on the surprise bit of business Arsenal and Chelsea conducted very late on in the window.
“What we are going to see from Arsenal is a very attacking side,” Sherwood told Sky Sports News. “We all want to see attacking football. We are sitting on a neutral fence, so we want to see games end-to-end. You are going to see nothing other than that at Arsenal.
“David Luiz, yes he’s an improvement on what they have got. Tierney is an improvement of what they have. They have strengthened in that department, is it enough? Only time will tell.
“If I was to hazard a guess, I would say it’s exactly what I want to see. End-to-end football and goals on both sides – there are loads more questions than answers at Arsenal. But David Luiz is a massive shock to me. When that come up that was a huge shock. Not only because Arsenal taking him, but Chelsea were willing to let him go for such little money.”
Luiz has proven he can produce the goods in England’s top-flight before – his Premier League medal is proof of that, but his defending can be questioned, at times.
He will improve Arsenal’s backline, but it remains to be seen just how much of a positive impact his presence will have on the team as a whole.