Arsenal news: Per Mertesacker backs David Luiz to ‘learn from his mistakes’ – Metro.co.uk

David Luiz apologises to Arsenal fans following the club's defeat to Liverpool
David Luiz was at fault for two goals during Arsenal’s defeat to Liverpool in August (Picture: Getty)

Former Arsenal captain and current academy manager Per Mertesacker believes that David Luiz will improve following a mixed start to his career in north London.

Luiz sealed an £8m move to Arsenal from Chelsea on transfer deadline day and has quickly established himself as a first-team regular in Unai Emery’s defence alongside Sokratis Papastathopolous.

Arsenal are yet to keep a clean sheet with Luiz in the side, though, and the 32-year-old was at fault for both of Mohamed Salah’s goals during the 3-1 defeat at Anfield last month, fouling the Egyptian to concede a penalty for his first.

Throughout his career, Luiz has faced criticism for making crucial errors in defence, but Mertesacker thinks that the Brazilian will prove to be a good addition to Arsenal’s backline given time.

David Luiz in action for Arsenal against Burnley in August
Luis has started three of Arsenal’s four Premier League games this season (Picture: Getty)

‘I think he (David Luiz) will learn from his mistakes on the pitch, but he is very comfortable being at Arsenal,’ he told Sky Sports.

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‘That’s what I have been seeing. So we are happy to have him.

‘He brings something different to the table right now. So I think he is able to learn and excel his level of being an Arsenal player.’

One of the main factors behind Arsenal’s failure to finish in the top-four last season was their defensive record as they conceded more goals than all of the teams above them in the league.

Arsenal have already conceded six goals in their opening four fixtures this campaign, double the number of Liverpool and Manchester City, suggesting they still have vulnerabilities at the back.

However, Mertesacker has insisted that Arsenal’s defenders aren’t solely to blame for the number of goals being conceded and stated that Unai Emery’s side need to find a better balance.

He added: ‘I think we have a lack of balance right now. Where you feel like, ok we have amazing strikers but they as well need to understand that we need to have a certain compactness.

‘It’s not only about us three strikers providing an offensive threat. It is about these front three as well, leading the first frontline as being a defensive unit.

‘So I think we need to be cautious of that. No matter how much striking power you have got, you need to have a sense of defensive compactness from everyone.

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‘So it’s not only the back four who should be judged on how many goals we concede.’

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