‘Dr Jekyl and Mr Luiz’ Arsenal legend Petit has message for Gunners fans over much talked about star
Arsenal’s deadline day signing David Luiz has two sides to his game like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, according to former star Emmanuel Petit ahead of the north London derby.
Despite spending some serious money during the summer transfer window and improving the Gunners side enough to warrant a good chance of getting Champions League football next season, Unai Emery’s side are still lacking serious quality in key areas of the pitch.
The Gunners slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Anfield at the weekend with Mohamed Salah producing a sparkling display for the hosts, and highlighting the problems that Emery has to deal with in the coming months, while also showing just how big the gap between the two clubs are.
And Luiz, who was in unimpressive form for Arsenal that day, has come under intense criticism and and former World Cup winner Petit thinks Arsenal fans will witness many more such mistakes before the end of the season.
“David Luiz is like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, like The Hulk and Bruce Banner,” he told Paddy Power.
“He can do great things in terms of leadership and aggression, spirit and mentality.
“We all know his warrior qualities, but we also know that he be off his game for many reasons, and that he takes many risks when it comes to positioning and possession.
“You don’t know what to expect of him at any given time.
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“He was brought in during the closing stages of the transfer window so he’s a good bargain, but the reality is that if he plays 40 games in a season, he’ll make many individual mistakes.”
Emery knows the player he signed and knows that he can be hit and miss. But at the end of the day he has to live with his transfer decision and Luiz will either win the fans over, or prove to be a bad summer buy.
Whetever may be the case, he will take most of the headlines by the end of the weekend in one way or another.
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