Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown warned manager Unai Emery that signing David Luiz of Chelsea would be a big mistake.
The experienced Brazilian international is willing to switch west to North London on the day of the deadline, and his relationship with Frank Lampard has deteriorated dramatically over the past few days.
Luiz was told to train away from the rest of Chelsea’s first team on Wednesday, and Lampard fears that the 32-year-old has become a disruptive influence before Sunday’s opening Premier League game against Manchester United.
Emery is desperate to sign a new central half, particularly in light of Laurent Koscielny’s bitter departure. Keown believes that Luiz’s wide range of passes would adapt to Arsenal’s style.
But the weakness of the Gunners in the midfield would leave him isolated and vulnerable. “If I were in Arsenal and had Unai Emery’s ear, I would recommend to my manager not to sign David Luiz.
“Get away from this deal. This is not the defender for you. It is too high a risk. “Yes, Arsenal wants a return center, but is Luiz the answer to his prayers? I do not think so.
“Because of the way the 32-year-old plays, he would be exposed in that Arsenal defense. He wouldn’t get the same protection he enjoys in Chelsea, where N’Golo Kante patrols against the baseline.
“In possession, Luiz is an excellent passer, but he makes mistakes when playing as part of a back four.
“He tends to lose his score and is one of those players all or nothing. If he doesn’t win the ball in a challenge, congratulations because you’re in,” Keown told the Daily Mail.