It has definitely been a rollercoaster of a campaign for Arsenal defender David Luiz in his first season at the Emirates Stadium, with the Brazilian receiving a mixture of damning criticism and strong praise for his fluctuating performances.
Former Gunners striker Ian Wright has leapt to the defence of the centre-back, recently telling his YouTube channel (via The Mirror) in the wake of the club’s signing of Luiz’s international colleague Willian: “He [Willian] creates chances and scores goals and that’s what we need. There’s that Brazilian connection and getting a player like Willian has got to be good for our young players because he’s a winner. The more winners we can get in there the better.
“David Luiz is a winner. I don’t care what anyone says, I will always come out and back David Luiz whatever happens because I know his heart is in the right place and he wants to do the right thing for our club.
”I think he will transfer that into Willian and Willian will start feeling what we’re about. That’s only going to help Gabriel Martinelli, to have two experienced compatriots and Brazilian team-mates that he’s being involved with. I look at it from a playing point of view and it’s win-win for me.”
It is easy to sum up Luiz’s 2019/20 season by two games – one was his horrendous display in the Premier League against Manchester City in June, which many thought it would be the beginning of the end for his career at the Emirates Stadium.
However, the Brazilian then picked up the best SofaScore rating of any Arsenal player at Wembley (8.1) when the two teams played against each other a month later in the FA Cup. He managed to keep City quiet by making 11 clearances and four interceptions at evening, whilst winning all of his four aerial duels as well as two of his three ground duels, per SofaScore. The Gunners advanced to the FA Cup final with a 2-0 win and eventually lifted the trophy by beating Luiz’s former club Chelsea two weeks ago.
It’s hard to disagree with Wright when it comes to calling Luiz a winner as he has lifted 21 trophies throughout his career at both club and international level, per Transfermarkt, and this mentality showed in his FA Cup performance against Man City.
Hopefully he can perform more consistently next season, now that he is reunited with Brazil and ex-Chelsea team-mate Willian, and help Arsenal to improve significantly on their eighth-placed finish from the most recent campaign.
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