Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has slammed current Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi, while also revealing he can see why the Gunners decided to bring in David Luiz on deadline day.
Arsenal are thought to be open to the possibility of selling the German to a European side before September, with Unai Emery not viewing the 27-year-old in his first-team plans.
And Carragher, talking on The Last Word with Stan Collymore, cited by the Metro, was quick to slam the defender, who has endured a poor 12-month period in London.
Mustafi is nowhere near good enough for that club but there’s other young players there.
The former England international earlier addressed the Gunners’ controversial decision to buy Luiz from Chelsea, with the Brazilian, who penned a two-year deal, costing around £8 million.
I’m not a massive fan of David Luiz. People probably know that over the last few years.
I think at times he’s better than what people talk about. Let’s not forget he played in the middle of a back three that went on to win the title under Antonio Conte. He was very disciplined there and I think it helped him there, being in a back three.
But I can totally understand it from an Arsenal perspective.
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With Laurent Koscielny already out the door and Mustafi seemingly being pushed out at the Emirates, a move for Luiz looks to be a sensible piece of business.
Luiz will bring a much-needed winning mentality to the side this season and will more than likely establish himself as one of Emery’s first-choice centre-backs over the next nine months.
The 32-year-old will also be able to help William Saliba during his first year in the Premier League next season, and Saliba could then take Luiz’s place in the starting line-up as the Brazilian edges towards the final stages of his career at 34.