Arsenal can cope quite comfortably without the suspended David Luiz

Losing David Luiz is not a huge disaster for Arsenal despite a weakened defence.

Arsenal has had some really good performances under Mikel Arteta since he became their manager, the Spaniard has also witnessed some ups and downs since he replaced Unai Emery on a permanent basis.

He had Pierre Emerick Aubameyang suspended for three games just when the Gabonese attacker value to the new manager was at its highest.

Against Chelsea, he had his most senior defender in terms of experience sent off when David Luiz was shown a straight red card for a foul on Tammy Abraham.

That means Arsenal is now left with Rob Holding and Maitland Niles as possible partners for Shkodran Mustafi who was a surprise starter against Chelsea.

I believe that this is a major test for Arteta but the Spaniard can survive this time by making a few tweaks to his team selection.

Apart from playing the wrong pass that caused David Luiz’s red card Mustafi did well and I believe that he should remain in the starting XI.

Mustafi can start alongside Rob Holding in a back four with both of them flanked by Bukayo Saka and Hector Bellerin.

Arteta can also go with a back three with Mustafi, Bellerin and Rob Holding with Maitland Niles and Saka playing as wing-backs.

Arteta would also need to tell Granit Xhaka to play deeper and be ready to support the defence when we’re defending.

An article from Jacob B


  1. Why asking this question? We have better CBs in Mav & Holding!

    What u and we should be looking at is Auba becoming Barca priority and fed up about this lost Arsenal

  2. Funny enough, i think we could miss Luiz more than auba. I dont think Holding is fit, mavropanos is hopeless and mustaffi is mustaffi. Is Luiz only out for one game?

  3. The only time the Arsenal defense is not comfortable is between the time
    the ref blows his whistle to start the game and the time he blows for full time.
    Otherwise we are fine.

  4. Currently, Luiz is one of Arsenal’s best defenders. With the poor quality of the other defenders compounded by fitness problems of course he will be missed.

  5. It’ll only be for the Bournemouth game. Sokratis will be back for that and will have to hope Holding gets a game! Think we’ve had more than our fair share of brain farts!

  6. Louis is one of our better defenders. Had it not been Mustafi’s error, Louis would not have to make that tackle on Abraham for the red card. Anyway, Mustafi sort of made up for the error but Louis is still one of our best defenders. Hopefully the Board realizes this and finds some CB in this transfer window, either from outside the League or within the EPL or even from the Championship. A decent home grown defender would be ideal.

  7. Luiz is only getting a one match ban, he probably would have been rested anyway.
    Hope arteta doesn’t rest to much players against Bournemouth.
    Amn. Mustafi. Holding sakA
    Gundenz xakai
    Pepe. Lacca. Martinelle

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