With David Luiz having now completed his move to the Emirates Stadium, some questions could be asked as to whether this is a good signing for Arsenal. However, although there may be some doubts from some quarters, the Brazil international could be the perfect signing for the north London outfit.
The 32-year-old looked as though he would be staying at Stamford Bridge this season to be a part of Frank Lampard’s first campaign as Chelsea boss. However, he clearly wasn’t happy at the club, and decided he wanted to leave on the penultimate day of the transfer window.
Since returning to south-west London from PSG in 2016, Luiz’s form has been mixed. He impressed as the Blues won the Premier League in 16/17 under Antonio Conte, but had a poor campaign the next year as Chelsea failed to qualify for the Champions League.
He has never 100% convinced, and is still connected with the ‘playstation footballer’ tag from his first spell in England.
However, he may just be the ideal signing for the Gunners. Emery often switched between a back four and a back three last season, and Luiz has proven adept in both formations.
The Italian manager demanded that his team played out from the back last season, and this is a style of play that suits the former Benfica defender. He recorded an 88% average pass success rate in the Premier League through Sarri’s lone campaign in England.
Arsenal’s boss also aims to build from defence, but he does not have the same quality of central defender to do so. Luiz’s 88% was higher than all of the Gunners’ defenders bar Konstantinos Mavropanos – who only made four appearances – and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who could well be the man to partner the Brazilian.
He also brings with him a wealth of experience and a winning mentality. Over the course of his career, he has picked up 20 trophies, including a Premier League and Champions League. That is more than the rest of Arsenal’s central defenders combined. Just in this respect, he should have an immediate impact around the dressing room.
And he brings all of this with him for just £8m. Considering some of the crazy transfers fees thrown around and mentioned during this transfer window, such as Harry Maguire’s £80m switch to Manchester United and Brighton reportedly wanting £40m for Lewis Dunk, the Gunners will have struggled to have find a better deal.