Right decision? Former Blues star Petit tells Arsenal fans transfer deal had to happen!
Former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has backed Frank Lampard’s decision to let David Luiz make the shock move to the Emirates.
Luiz shocked the world on transfer deadline day when he made the move across London to sign for Arsenal after it emerged that Unai Emery made a last-ditched attempt to prise him away from Stamford Bridge, despite the fact that he has only recently signed a new contract with the Blues.
Chelsea were unable to replace the Brazilian star during the summer transfer window as they are still in this transfer ban, and there are many out there that believe that Lampard will regret letting one of his most experienced defenders leave the club on deadline day.
But Pettit, who represented both clubs during his playing days, says Lampard made the right decision, telling the Metro website: ‘The fact that David Luiz left the club the way he did tells me that Lampard told him he was not going to feature regularly in his team,”
‘Luiz is 32 years old, and Lampard knows what he’s like as a player and was fine with showing him the door – I don’t think that’s the issue here.
‘For me, it should have been done earlier and that’s the problem. I’m not very happy seeing players moving clubs when the competitions are starting, it just causes trouble.
‘But for me, Lampard sent a clear message to Luiz by showing him the door, that he is not his priority, so I doubt he regrets his decision.’
Luiz on his day, can be world class and one of the most excitingly gifted defenders to watch, there is no doubt about that. But he takes too many risks at times that eventually cost his club points, which he simply cannot do at the Emirates.
Time will only tell whether or not he was a good buy from Emery, but unless he stops the inconsistent performances that he put in over his career, he will not help the Gunners back-line in their chase to try and get back playing Champions League football next season.
But it will be interesting to see just how this one plays out in the coming weeks.
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