Martin Keown slams Arsenal and Mikel Arteta for giving David Luiz new contract

first_imgKeown fears Mikel Arteta may live to regret the decision (Picture: Getty)‘Nonetheless, I think he should be making the right decisions for the football club and I don’t believe David Luiz is the right man to be in that dressing room.‘Frank Lampard took a different view when he took over at Chelsea; he wanted David Luiz out of his dressing room, for whatever reason, whether that was performance or character, I’m not sure, but he made that clear decision.‘Now, I think David Luiz is very lucky to be there back at Arsenal for another year.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But then I worry about the manager, because you only get so long in this job and you’ve got to make the right decisions, and the early decisions have to be right.‘That is a huge problem, that position; David Luiz has given the most penalties away this season, four, he’s not mobile enough, he goes to ground too early…‘As former players we don’t enjoy ridiculing and hammering players, and he’s had a fine career, but he’s only ever done it in a back-three. Comment Advertisement Martin Keown disagrees with Arsenal’s decision to give David Luiz a new contract (Pictures: Getty)Martin Keown has slammed Arsenal and Mikel Arteta for giving David Luiz a new contract.On Wednesday, the Gunners confirmed Luiz, Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares had all signed new deals to stay at the Emirates beyond the summer.Brazilian defender Luiz, who joined Arsenal from London rivals Chelsea in 2019, was widely expected to leave the club this summer following a mixed campaign.The 33-year-old produced one of the worst performances of his career in Arsenal’s first game back following the coronavirus pandemic, gifting Manchester City two goals before being sent off in the 3-0 defeat at the Etihad.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut that did not prevent Arsenal from handing Luiz a new contract and Gunners legend Keown has slammed the decision.‘What I’m concerned about now is the stock of the manager,’ Keown told talkSPORT.‘I think there’s enough favour there for Arteta as a young manager to maybe get away with this one. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 26 Jun 2020 5:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link352Sharescenter_img Luiz was sent off during Arsenal’s recent defeat to Manchester City (Picture: Getty)‘So unless it is that Arteta is going to change to a back-three and he’s going to play in the middle, as he did at Chelsea when he won the Premier League, Arsenal are in real trouble.‘Because he’s going to be exposed, he’s going to make rash challenges, and actually in possession he’s been really disappointing. He’s often going back to the goalkeeper and inviting pressure from the opposition.‘So this is massive for Arteta now. He’s got to go looking for central defenders, there’s injuries in that position, David Luiz isn’t the answer and he’s getting another contract!’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Man Utd target Matteo Guendouzi as midfielder asks to leave ArsenalMORE: Arsenal plot transfer move for Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira Martin Keown slams Arsenal and Mikel Arteta for giving David Luiz new contract Advertisementlast_img