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One of the main concerns of the sale of David Luiz to Arsenal is that he’ll strengthen a direct rival.
Chelsea and Arsenal will fight for a Champions League spot this season, and it’s believed that the sale of David Luiz will strengthen a direct competitor.
Arsenal needed a replacement for Laurent Koscielny, who left the club for Bordeaux, and they found that replacement from the Chelsea team.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has refused to admit that selling Luiz to Arsenal will strengthen them, and he sees the deal as a normal one involving the club and a player.
He said: “I don’t think you can always dictate where a player goes, it depends on the situation. It was close to the deadline and Arsenal wanted him so we had to make a decision as a club.
“The decision was that David moves to Arsenal and I focus on what we have got here. Of course, he is a good player and he goes to a competitor but that’s what the situation was.”
However, Arsenal legend Martin Keown had 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.”