David Luiz has claimed that he’s open to a change of position if needed to be involved in the Arsenal team.
The Gunners signed the Brazilian defender in the summer for £8million (BBC) from Chelsea and he’s been a regular in the team.
He’s a ball-playing centre-back that has had some tricky moments in his 26 appearances so far, but there have been signs of improvement under manager Mikel Arteta.
The 32-year-old has been an adventurous centre-back on the ball throughout his career and that has seen him drop into a midfield role on rare occasions.
Luiz has been discussing the loan arrival of centre-back Pablo Mari from Flamengo and explained that he would be prepared to be flexible with his position in order to play.
“I think it’s good, it’s good when you have a squad with a lot of quality and players. We have a game every week, you have to be happy with this,” Luiz said, as quoted by the Evening Standard.
“I always want to play, always want to play in the way the coach wants to play. It doesn’t matter the side, it doesn’t matter which position.
“You guys know I played a lot of positions during my career. I’m always ready for that.”
Luiz does have flexibility to slot into a midfield role if Arsenal are thin on the ground for numbers, but he’s not a long-term solution in that position and it’s an idea that Arteta should ignore.
The arrival of Mari will stiffen up competition in the heart of defence and it should be up to Luiz to continue his mini renaissance of form to keep his spot in the starting XI.
He can on his day been a decent defender that adds plenty of experience and can play out from the back, but he needs to avoid errors and lapses in concentration.