The summer transfer window has been a success for Arsenal F.C. but one purchase made by the club has been more divisive than the others. Talking on Sky Sports on transfer deadline day, former England manager, Steve McLaren explained former Chelsea and Paris St. Germain defender David Luiz is like marmite, the British condiment people either love or hate. The question is, can Luiz find his best form at Arsenal and become a club legend in the twilight of his career.
At 32, Luiz still has a number of years close to the peak of his career and appeared to have found the form he had sought for so long under the leadership of Antonio Conte at Chelsea. Allowing Luiz to leave Chelsea for the Emirates Stadium could be one of the worst mistakes made by incoming Blues boss, Frank Lampard for far less than the defender is valued by most experts.
The loss of Laurent Koscielny to Bordeaux in one of the most shocking transfer window moves, for Gooners could have derailed the entire English Premier League season for the club. However, the arrival of Luiz has been praised by experts including Jose Mourinho and Jamie Carragher. Mourinho may have seen his stock fall after his spell at Old Trafford but he managed David Luiz during his initial spell at Chelsea and believes the mistakes that have caused problems throughout his career should not be seen this season.
Luiz is undoubtedly one of the football playing defenders who paved the way for the current crop of ball-playing defensive players in the current generation. However, he will arrive at The Emirates stung by the manner of his departure from Stanford Bridge and should have something to prove to Gooners everywhere and to Chelsea boss Lampard. Luiz remains a divisive figure but the switch to three center-backs at Chelsea in the 2016-17 season that saw him win the title in his first year back from Paris St. Germain.
When we consider the career of David Luiz his role at The Emirates should be directed by which formation Unai Emery chooses to play in the coming months. Working alongside youngsters such as Rob Holding should give Luiz the chance to pass on the benefit of his vast experience in Portugal, Brazil, England, and France.
If Emery can get Luiz to play to the best of his abilities across European and English football, Luiz could become the signing that changes the way the Gunners appear to other clubs. The power and pace of the defender, alongside his ability to lead the team could push Arsenal to silverware and a Champion’s League spot come to the end of the season.
The Premier League title may not be a realistic goal for this season but a challenge for the top four and a trophy could be within reach if the Brazilian plays anywhere near his best at The Emirates.