Should Frank Lampard Have Kept David Luiz?

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On transfer deadline day, Brazilian centre-back David Luiz moved to rivals Arsenal for a fee of around £8million and it was a move that came as a surprise to Chelsea fans.

While some fans are happy Luiz left as it meant an opportunity for other defenders to step up, other fans believed an experienced defender like Luiz should never have been sold.

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has praised Chelsea boss Frank Lampard for his strong stance with Luiz.

Keown told Daily Mail: “I actually admired Frank Lampard’s strong stance with Luiz. He basically said if you’re not with me, then you’re against me and you can go.

“Lampard always had that steeliness as a player. He clearly has a strong backbone as a boss too. He will take no prisoners and does not want anyone having a negative impact on his dressing room.”

Keown also believes Luiz deadline day move is a gamble for Arsenal because Luiz isn’t a top defender.

“I was concerned and I made my feelings known at the time,” he told talkSPORT.

“I felt that we’d be taking a problem from Chelsea.

“Frank Lampard was in that dressing room wasn’t he, and you could say it was a little bit toxic. Sarri last year said they were difficult to motivate, and it looks like Lampard has weeded out David Luiz.

“Arsenal are then taking a player with a little bit of baggage.

“I do feel Arsenal play it out from the back and that will suit David Luiz, that will be a good plus, but he’s not a top defender.

“He’s not an out-and-out defender, work is going to have to be done with him.

“And what sort of person is he? Is he a leader and is he the right influence in the dressing room?

“He’s good value with the money they paid for him and Arsenal were in a position where they had to get defenders in, but it’s a gamble.”

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