British media outlets like The Metro is reporting that North London giants Arsenal were extremely close to landing Juventus defender Daniele Rugani on a season-long loan deal in the summer.
But for some reason best known to both parties, the deal failed to materialize and Arsenal instead, Unai Emery was left with no choice than to sign thirty-one-year-old Brazilian defender David Luiz from London rivals Chelsea on transfer deadline day.
Arsenal fans were left with no choice but to be happy seeing the club bring in a new central defender – an experienced one in David Luiz considering just how poor the team was defensively last campaign. The Brazilian boasts of a number of silverware in his cabinet including the Premier League, Champions League, and Europa League.
The idea of having a leader in the shape of Luiz at the back was quite enticing since seeing club captain Laurent Koscienly departs the club in the summer.
The former Paris Saint Germain defender is very much experienced and undoubtedly one of the Premier League’s best ball-playing center-halves. But it seems the defender is prone to errors and fans of the North London club are beginning to see their team lose points due to David’s constant errors in the heart of the defense.
Going into each game, the probability of David not committing an error is rather slim and opposition fans can place bets on the defender costing Arsenal points in each game.
Before the Aston Villa clash, the team has conceded 8 goals in total since David started pairing Sokratis Papastathopoulos. Unai Emery’s side is yet to keep a single clean sheet with the summer signing in the side.
Against Watford, Sokratis was at fault for the opening goal, gifting possession to former Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley to find the net, before David Luiz made a mistake of his own for tripping Roberto Pereyra for the penalty that was awarded against Arsenal.
Pereyra made no mistake with the penalty and helped Watford secure a valuable point in the match.
Arsenal might have one of the league’s best attacks but they are terrible defensively. Their 3-2 victory over Aston Villa speaks volumes about their attacking prowess and poor defending. With such unimpressive numbers, the manager should try everything possible to sign a center back in the winter and Juventus defender Daniele Rugani would be the perfect fit.
The 25-year-old defender was expected to depart Turin in the summer after falling down the pecking order at Juventus following the signing of Matthijs De Ligt and Merih Demiral by manager Maurizio Sarri.
Sarri seems to prefer the partnership of De Ligt and Leonardo Bonucci in the center of their defense following Chiellini’s recent injury. The Arsenal target hasn’t featured in three of Juventus’ matches so far this campaign. It is crystal clear he isn’t in the plans of the Italian tactician this season.
In this Juventus outcast, the gunners would get a strong defender known for his aerial ability and unbelievable strength. His great technical ability on the ball cannot be overemphasized. He is comfortable on the ball and an excellent distributor who is always calm under pressure, unlike David Luiz.
Without a doubt, he has all the features required to take the Premier League club to the next level. He might just be Unai Emery’s missing puzzle.