Paul Merson can ‘understand’ Arsenal’s decision to hand David Luiz a new one-year deal as the defender may be able to lend some of his experience to the younger players at the club.
Luiz has not been the most impressive player at the Emirates under the guidance of Mikel Arteta, and his performance against Manchester City just shows how unreliable he is, But that did not prevent Arsenal from handing Luiz a new contract.
But despite all the criticism over the past few days about his new deal, Arsenal legend Merson believes that Luiz has the capability to be a top performer when he’s on song and can also offer some vital words of wisdom to the young members of the squad.
‘On his day, he is a proper player and there’s no grey areas, he’s black or white,’ Merson told Sky Sports.
‘You’ve seen it at Chelsea where he’s absolutely outstanding and we’ve seen him at Arsenal where he’s been atrocious. But for me, on his day, I think he’s top draw.
If he can help the centre-halves coming through and the youngsters there with his experience, because he’s won everything in the game, I don’t think it’s a bad year.
‘I hear people saying, ‘Oh get rid of him, he makes mistakes’, of course he makes mistakes, but he might be able to help other players while he’s there.
‘The one thing I like about him is that he never goes hiding, he always keeps getting on the ball, he’s always in the thick of it and sometimes, that’s probably why he makes too many mistakes. But I can understand where Mikel Arteta is coming from.’
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