Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has suggested it could be time for Unai Emery to drop the ever-present David Luiz from his starting XI.
The Brazilian produced yet another unconvincing performance on Saturday as relegation-threatened Southampton gave the Gunners’ backline the runaround.
£125,673-a-week defender Luiz (Spotrac) was at fault for Danny Ings’ opener, and fans are rapidly losing patience with the summer signing from Chelsea.
And Keown believes perhaps the bench beckons from here.
Writing in his latest Daily Mail column, he said: “I warned against Arsenal signing David Luiz in August and I wonder if he should be taken out of the team now.”
Fans were initially behind the signing of Luiz given his cheap £8 million transfer fee (Sky Sports) and vast experience, but the move has been an extreme disappointment so far.
TBR’s view – Luiz should lose starting XI berth
Keown is right that Luiz should be dropped going forwards.
He has featured in every Premier League game since his debut against Burnley on August 17, and in that time the Gunners have kept just one clean sheet.
He’s scored a couple of goals, but Luiz just isn’t having the desired effect which is to tighten things up at the back.
He and Sokratis are liabilities, and Emery needs to put his faith in Calum Chambers and Rob Holding if he wants to see an improvement.