One thing you certainly can’t criticize Luiz for here is not being a team player, because regardless of whether or not he legitimately believes that Arteta is the right man for the job, he isn’t going to flinch or give away what’s really happening behind the scenes. Maybe that’s just us being a little bit too pessimistic, but given the trajectory of Arsenal Football Club in recent years, you can’t really blame us.
While there are reasons to believe that Mikel Arteta is going to do some big things as Arsenal manager, it’s also fair to think that things haven’t exactly gone to plan yet. The primary issue has been the abundance of draws that we’ve seen and the lack of, well, quality in the first team.
That sounds bizarre given some of the names that regularly feature for the Gunners but pretending like they’re anywhere close to where they need to be is just wrong.
Football is a pretty serious game and understandably so, if only because of the insane money involved in it all. Of course, we could go on about the finances associated with the sport for hours and hours on end, but instead, we want to focus on the players. David Luiz and Gabriel Martinelli recently took part in an interview with one another, during which time we were able to learn a lot about the two Brazilians.
It makes sense for them to stick together on their adventure through the weird and wonderful world of playing for Arsenal Football Club, but interestingly enough, Luiz was super keen on getting across how much he admires young Martinelli.
David Luiz has revealed that he would perhaps like to return to play in Brazil some day, but not yet.
The 32-year-old left his homeland after only a year of playing for Vitoria in 2007, when he joined Benfica. He spent four years in Portugal, winning the 2009/10 Primeira Liga and three Taca de Portugal (Portuguese Cup) trophies. By the time he moved to Chelsea for his first spell with the West London club in 2011, his stock had risen significantly and he helped Benfica bank in a sum of €25 million.
It may have been a surprise for many when David Luiz made his way from Chelsea to Arsenal, swapping West London for the northern part of the city. But speaking exclusively to The Telegraph‘s Sam Dean, the controversial Brazilian has revealed the reasoning behind the move.
One thing that made the surprise even bigger was the fact that the 32-year-old defender had just signed a new contract at Chelsea in May this year. But then, a few things happened that made matters move in another way.
There are many players littered throughout Arsenal’s squad that we can’t quite figure out for better or worse. One of the best examples of that is David Luiz, who continues to provide us all with moments, both good and bad, that leave you considering what his legacy is going to be when he hangs up his boots for good. Some days he scores the winner in a vital Premier League game, and then the next he puts in one of the worst performances we’ve seen from a centre-back in years. It’s all about swings and roundabouts, of course, but that can be a bit too chaotic sometimes.
So the North London Derby ended in a draw, with the two teams scoring two goals apiece.
Perhaps it’s too early at the moment, but the immediate feeling is – disappointment. More than anything else, it feels like an opportunity missed, a chance for Arsenal to pull away from their fiercest rivals and closest neighbours gone down the drain. The teams could have been five points apart, a big advantage this early in the season, but as it is, the gap remains only two.
This past weekend saw Arsenal defender David Luiz make an error during the club’s loss to Liverpool. It goes without saying that Gunners fans aren’t exactly strangers to the art of defensive errors or mistakes, and truth be told, they weren’t even all too angry about it. However, if it continues to persist, then perhaps questions will start to be raised as to whether or not this was a smart business move by the club.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed that he has had talks with Shkodran Mustafi about the defender leaving the Emirates this summer.
Since the Spaniard took over from Arsene Wenger a year ago, it’s fair to say that Mustafi has had quite enough opportunities to convince the new boss that his future lies with the Gunners, and there can now be very little doubt that he has failed to do so. Laurent Koscielny was out injured for the first half of last season, Rob Holding for the second. Even the absence of Hector Bellerin at right-back provided the German with a chance as Emery made it quite clear towards the end of the campaign that he wasn’t counting on Stephan Lichtsteiner anymore. But nothing Mustafi has done on the pitch seems to have helped his cause.
As the ever reliable David Ornstein of BBC reports, Arsenal have agreed deals to sign David Luiz from Chelsea and Kieran Tierney from Celtic.
The fee the Gunners will be paying for the services of the Brazilian centre-back is set at £8 million, and he will sign a two-year contract. Luiz was linked with a move to the northern side of the English capital before, but it appears it will truly happen this time around.