Arsenal news: Jamie Carragher rates David Luiz signing, says Shkodran Mustafi is ‘nowhere near good enough’ – Metro.co.uk

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher 'totally understands' Arsenal's move for David Luiz from Chelsea
Jamie Carragher ‘totally understands’ Arsenal’s move for David Luiz (Picture: Getty)

Jamie Carragher admits he’s ‘not a massive fan’ of David Luiz but says he can ‘totally understand’ why Arsenal signed the defender from Chelsea following Laurent Koscielny’s departure this summer.

Luiz completed a controversial £8million switch across London on deadline day and the 32-year-old put pen to paper on a two-year contract which sees him through to 2021 at the Emirates.

The Brazilian was brought in to replace Koscielny who went on strike at Arsenal in order to force a move to Bordeaux.

Former Liverpool star Carragher has been an outspoken critic of Luiz down the years, but thinks the centre-back is an improvement on Shkodran Mustafi, a player he feels is ‘nowhere near good enough’ for the Gunners.

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‘I’m not a massive fan of David Luiz. People probably know that over the last few years,’ Carragher told The Last Word with Stan Collymore.

‘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. They’ve lost Koscielny who is the experienced man and I’m so disappointed in Koscielny because you looked at him and thought, “He’s a good lad, him.”.

Carragher says Mustafi is 'nowhere near good enough' for Arsenal
Carragher says Mustafi is ‘nowhere near good enough’ for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

‘He [Koscielny] was a good player, probably coming to the end but don’t leave like that… you’ve put a good solid stint in there at a top club.

‘I just think they’ve lost the experienced one and brought another experienced one in, it’s not cost them much difference in money.

‘Mustafi is nowhere near good enough for that club but there’s other young players there.’

Carragher believes Arsenal’s club-record deal for Nicolas Pepe indicates that Unai Emery wants his team scoring far more goals this season, particularly away from home.

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‘I read something that I found interesting because a lot of people were asking why they have spent £70m on Pepe when they need a centre-back,’ Carragher added.

‘The feeling at Arsenal was that they’ve got a great home record under Emery and their away record is awful.

‘You’re thinking they actually need to score more goals away from home and they’re probably thinking, “You know what, there’s not a lot sometimes we can do defensively” and to be fair I don’t know how many great defenders are out there because they’ve got a young kid, French lad (William Saliba) who they think is going to be the real deal and the Luiz thing has just happened.

‘There is a dearth of great centre-backs out there so it’s not easy but I think they feel they don’t score enough goals away from home so that’s something that can add to them away from home.’

Carragher admits he's 'not the biggest fan' of Luiz
Carragher admits he’s ‘not the biggest fan’ of Luiz (Picture: Getty)

He continued: ‘So I think they’ve done quite well. Yes, it’s top heavy but they will be exciting to watch.

‘I never really had Emery down as that type of manager. He reminds me of Rafa [Benitez]… very studious and always very focused so you would expect his teams to be a bit more organised, not conceding goals left, right and centre.

‘But it looks like that’s what we’re gonna get and they will go for the top four.’

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