It’s safe to say many fans of the Premier League were stunned when news of Arsenal’s interest in David Luiz filtered through – and they were even more shocked when the club actually announced his signing.
The defender was brought in for a reported £8 million from London rivals Chelsea (Sky Sports), with Unai Emery hoping the man he already knew well from their time at Paris Saint-Germain could help bolster his team’s backline.
With the second international break of the season now in full swing, now feels like a good time to assess his spell with the club so far.
Arsenal completed a deal for William Saliba from Saint-Etienne, but the Frenchman is spending the 2019/20 season back on loan at the French club before joining the north Londoners for 2020/21.
That left Emery still needing defensive reinforcements for the current campaign, and the club sprung into action over Luiz just one day before the closure of the window.
Luiz, 32, has spent six years of his career playing in the Premier League, and was deemed a solid, cost-effective option, with other targets like Dayot Upamecano and Daniele Rugani proving too expensive.
How’s he looked so far?
It has to be said, so far Luiz has shown shades of the player he was in his first stint at Chelsea rather than his second.
The Brazilian was supposed to have brought experience and solidity to the Arsenal backline, but alongside Sokratis fans have seen too much rashness.
He scored the winning goal against Bournemouth last weekend, but was still somewhat shaky.
With Calum Chambers looking impressive and Rob Holding now back in the picture, he will have to improve if he is to remain a regular starter.
He may only have cost £8 million but Luiz is undoubtedly a miss so far.
The former Benfica man is currently failing to instill confidence in the fans, who really hoped for better from the South American.
By the sounds of things he is a very popular figure in the dressing room and it’s good that the team respect him – now it’s time to bring his performances up to scratch.