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Shock reports emerged on Wednesday that Chelsea defender David Luiz refused to train with the Blues in order to push through a move to Premier League rivals Arsenal.
It is believed Luiz is in advanced talks with the Gunners as they look for a replacement for Laurent Koscielny, who left the club for Bordeaux.
L’Equipe even claim that the Chelsea defender refused to train with Chelsea’s first-team as he looks to push through a move to Arsenal before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Arsenal legend Martin Keown has warned Gunners boss Unai Emery to avoid signing Luiz. According to Keown, Luiz is a mistake prone player and will be a hazard in that Arsenal defence.
“If I was at Arsenal and had the ear of Unai Emery, I would be advising my manager not to sign David Luiz,” he told the Daily Mail.
“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.”
Surprisingly, Luiz only signed a new two-year contract with the Blues in May after being an important player under Maurizio Sarri last season. The Brazilian hailed the appointment of former teammate Frank Lampard to be the new Blues boss, but is now keen on leaving the club.