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Young Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has been trying to work his way into the Chelsea first team since impressing in a two-year loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach.
Christensen played a bit part role last season under Maurizio Sarri, as he was key in Chelsea’s Europa League triumph, but barely featured in the Premier League. Christensen was third choice defender behind David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger.
And now, Luiz has departed Chelsea as he made the switch to Arsenal on transfer deadline day for £8m.
Christensen is likely to be one of the main beneficiaries of Luiz’s sudden departure from the club and he has taken slight dig at the Brazilian shortly after his departure was confirmed.
Luiz took to Facebook to post a message which simply read: “No player is bigger than the club,” before posting a picture of himself alongside his now former teammate.
There have been so many reactions to Luiz’s move to Arsenal, both positive and negative.
Nicolas Pepe’s agent, Samir Khiat, has backed the Gunners’ move for Luiz, insisting that the Brazilian is a natural leader who will be a good fit at Arsenal.
“He is not just a defender, but a natural leader,” said Khiat.
“A beacon in a dressing room. It would be a good fit.”
Meanwhile, former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson has admitted that Luiz needs to be babysat in defence.
“David Luiz is a winner, you have to agree. He’s won all sorts of trophies throughout his career,” he told talkSPORT.
“But I think Arsenal need a backbone and I’m not so sure Luiz can bring that.
“He likes to play football, he enjoys the game and he plays it the right way but Arsenal need something solid and I don’t think he’s the man for that.
“He’s great to watch, but playing alongside him he’d be one of those guys you have to be a yard closer to, just waiting for the unexpected to happen.
“Yes, he’s great when it all comes off and he’s playing with flair, but if I was playing with him you would have to babysit him a little bit.
“If you are his centre-half partner you’d have to babysit him more than you would do with somebody else.”