Former Arsenal star Per Mertesacker has been in the news lately, mainly because of his autobiography being serialised in the national press and he has taken the opportunity, following the publicity of the book, to give his opinion on the latest goings-on at Arsenal.
Being a defender himself it is only natural that the German would be asked about David Luiz and his mixed start to his Arsenal career, in particular, the Brazilians huge errors.
“I think he will learn from his mistakes on the pitch, but he is very comfortable being at Arsenal,” Mertesacker told Sky Sports as cited by Goal.com.
“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.”
Well, Mertesacker has far more confidence in Luiz than what I do and it does take some doing to claim that a player of 32 years of age will all of a sudden learn from his mistakes, I mean, it is not as if he has not been doing them for years now.
Luiz will not be changing, he is what he is, Arsenal knew that when they signed him and for the most part, the fans accept that is part of how he plays football.
As sure as night follows day Luiz will make errors, they will never be eradicated from his game and I hate to say this, he will cost us points this season.
I respect Mertesacker immensely and generally trust his judgement but on this occasion, I feel he has called it wrong.