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Glen Johnson questions Arsenal’s decision to sign David Luiz from Chelsea

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Glen Johnson questions Arsenal’s decision to sign David Luiz from Chelsea

Glen Johnson has told TalkSPORT that he believes Arsenal have made the wrong signing in David Luiz, as the former Chelsea star is not the “solid” centre-back the Gunners required in the summer.

French newspaper L’Equipe broke the news that 32-year-old Luiz could be set to make another deadline-day splash by swapping rivals Chelsea for Arsenal. Indeed, the Brazilian has history on the final day of a transfer window.

Back in the summer of 2016, Luiz surprised many by rejoining Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain on the final day of that window. On Thursday, he completed one of the most shocking moves as he moved across London.

Arsenal have needed a centre-back for some time after leaking 51 goals last season, but Johnson does not believe Luiz is the type of centre-back they require – given that he is known for the odd mistake or lapse in concentration.

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“He’s great to watch and a fantastic player, but you don’t necessarily want him in your team,” Johnson said. “He’s won everything and I am a fan, but Arsenal need a backbone and I’m not so sure he can be that man at Arsenal.

 

“Arsenal needed something solid. I don’t think he’s the man for that. You’ve got to wait for the unexpected to happen with Luiz. You’ve got to babysit him. If you’re his centre-back partner, you’ve got to babysit him.”

TBR’s view – Can Luiz be the centre-back Arsenal need?

Johnson is right. Arsenal need a defender that can finally sort out the backline and plug the leak. Arsenal did it with Virgil van Dijk a couple of seasons ago, Manchester United have looked to do it this summer with Harry Maguire.

Both van Dijk and Maguire, aside from the fact they are big-money signings, are both renowned for being very defensively solid and the ability to organise a defence. Luiz is different.

Indeed, Luiz is more than capable of a mistake at the back and can suffer from losing concentration. He has the technique to be a midfielder, but forgets that he is the last line of defence. Johnson is right, he needs babysitting.

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