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Arsenal: David Luiz not viewed as a long-term signing with Willy Boly eyed

Arsenal: David Luiz not viewed as a long-term signing with Willy Boly eyed

Willy Boly is a target for Arsenal due to the form of the player in his two seasons at Wolverhampton Wanderers and David Luiz is not seen as a long-term addition, according to The Sun.

Manager Unai Emery is said to be looking for defensive reinforcements despite the signing of Luiz on transfer deadline day in the summer.

Wolves paid Portuguese club Porto just £10m for the Ivory Coast defender in the 2016 summer transfer window.

Arsenal are said to be reeling from the loss of Laurent Koscielny and the less than reliable performances in defence this season.

At 32 years old, it is clear that Luiz is a short-term fix for the club. To expect to rely on him for more than two seasons would be foolish from the club and looks unlikely due to the return of William Saliba from his loan spell at Saint-Etienne next season.

The Brazilian’s performances show he cannot be depended on for too long. Luiz has given away two penalties in his short time as an Arsenal player, just one less than the total amount he gave away in 160 top-flight appearances for Chelsea (via Give Me Sport).

Sokratis has also shown his weakness in defence this season, with less than desirable performances, especially against Watford (via BBC). He is 31 years old himself, after all. With that in mind, Boly would provide a solid option as a replacement for either centre-half moving forward.

The Wolves defender showed his class for the club last season, with the club conceding the fifth-least amount of goals in the Premier League (via Premier League).

The Ivorian proved dependable, making the most clearances and the fourth-most tackles per game for Wolves (via WhoScored). The 28-year-old  has also shown good ball-playing skills, maintaining an average pass completion rate of just over 80%, making him suitable for Emery’s passing style of play.

A mixture of ageing defenders and poor showings at the back so far this season makes the potential signing of Boly a smart move. Indeed, his performances for Wolves show he has the necessary quality to fit in at the Emirates Stadium.

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