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Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has made Chelsea weaker by letting David Luiz join rivals Arsenal.
Merson believes Arsenal will qualify for the Champions League this season at the expense of Chelsea thanks to the signing of David Luiz.
“David Luiz is not the answer to Arsenal’s defensive problems but he might be enough to get them back in the Champions League,” Merson wrote in the Daily Star.
“I say that not because he makes my old club much stronger but because he makes Chelsea so much weaker.”
Merson feels the 32-year-old is prone to mistakes at the back and might actually benefit Emery more if he is selected as a defensive midfielder.
“If Arsenal find some consistency, it’s theirs to take,” Merson added. “I’d be shocked if Luiz majorly improves their defending.
“But he will make them entertaining. He will make mistakes. But he also has a sweet diagonal ball in him, and he can pick a pass when he wants to.
“It’s his concentration levels that worry me. He likes to come and win it, but then he gets lost in a daze sometimes and doesn’t get back quick enough.
“I actually like him as a central midfielder. He can pass it and if he loses concentration it’s not so costly.
“It’s ironic that Arsenal have looked all over Europe for a centre back and ended up signing one right on their doorstep.
“But it ticks the boxes in some ways. Luiz has plenty of experience, he’s a winner with a big personality, a leader. Arsenal don’t have those kinds of characters.”