Arsenal ripped for ‘lazy option’ after agreeing fee with Chelsea for David Luiz
Stan Collymore has slammed Arsenal for the signing of Chelsea defender David Luiz, who is expected to complete his move to the Emirates later today.
Arsenal are looking to wrap up their transfer business today as Unai Emery is keen to bolster his back-line with the capture of Brazilian defender Luiz, who has reportedly fallen out with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard after a spat on the training ground.
It is believed that he will sign a contract with the Gunners until 2021, with Arsenal reportedly paying around £8 million. But former Liverpool striker Collymore has criticised the club’s ‘woeful’ decision.
‘Luiz. Really?’ Collymore said on the Sky Sports website
‘At a time Arsenal should be aiming for premium defensive talent, scouring the world for a genuine leadership figure, who they can mould into an Arsenal dependable.
‘They take the lazy option, look five miles away and decide on a 32 year old part liability? Woeful!’
Gunners legend Martin Keown agrees with Collymore that Arsenal would be making a huge mistake in signing Luiz this summer, claiming: ‘If I was at Arsenal and had the ear of Unai Emery, I would be advising my manager not to sign David Luiz.
‘Walk away from this deal. This is not the defender for you. It’s too high risk. Yes, Arsenal want a centre back, but is Luiz the answer to their prayers? I don’t think so.
‘The way the 32-year-old plays, he would be exposed in that Arsenal defence. He would not get the same protection that he enjoys at Chelsea, where N’Golo Kante patrols in front of the back line.
‘In possession, Luiz is a wonderful passer, but he makes mistakes when playing as part of a back four.
‘He has a tendency to lose his marker and is one of those all-or-nothing players — if he doesn’t win the ball in a challenge, then congratulations because you’re in.’
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