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What Arsenal boss Unai Emery needs to do with David Luiz to solve Gunners’ problems

The Brazilian made his debut for the Gunners on Saturday in a 2-1 Emirates win over Burnley.Luiz moved across London from Chelsea to Arsenal on transfer deadline day earlier this month in a surprise £8million deal.The 32-year-old, Emery will hope, can add the kind of leadership and authority that Arsenal’s defence lacked last season when they conceded 51 Premier League goals.

And while Arsenal conceded against Burnley, Emery will be pleased with how his side defended in the main, dealing with the Clarets’ set-piece threats admirably. Trending The north London club ensured they started the season with back-to-back top-flight wins for the first time since 2009-10.But former Liverpool full-back Nicol is not convinced Luiz is the cure-all just yet, insisting that Emery would be better off utilising his summer signing in the centre of a back three.

Luiz helped Chelsea to win the league under Antonio Conte in 2016-17 by marshalling a three-man back-line that helped the Blues to win 30 of their 38 games.“It’s one game, I’m not ready to say that,” Nicol told ESPN FC when asked if Luiz is the remedy to Arsenal’s long-standing problems at the back.


What Arsenal boss Unai Emery needs to do with David Luiz to solve Gunners’ problems (Image: GETTY)
Steve Nicol has implored Arsenal to play with a back four (Image: ESPNFC)
What Arsenal boss Unai Emery needs to do with David Luiz to solve Gunners’ problems (Image: GETTY) David Luiz, in my opinion, is better in a back threeSteve Nicol“Because David Luiz, in my opinion, is better in a back three.

“Against Burnley, you’re at home, you’re not going to be put under the same pressure as far as open, attacking football is concerned that you will against a lot of other teams in the league. “I’m not talking about your [Manchester] City’s or your Liverpool’s, I’m talking about your Leicester’s, your Wolves.

Teams like that. “If they stick with a back four, then that’s when David Luiz has to answer the question of, can he play in a back four? I don’t think he can. Not consistently well.
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”Speaking after his Arsenal debut, Luiz vowed to do his all to get the north London outfit back into the Champions League and into contention for major honours.Im so happy to be here and to try to do my job and also to enjoy it with these kinds of quality players,” he said.I think this team has.

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