Pundit reveals why Arsenal’s pursuit of Douglas Luiz on deadline day failed

Paul Robinson believes Aston Villa refused to sell Douglas Luiz to Arsenal on deadline day because they consider him more valuable than the £25million Arsenal offered for his signature.

The midfielder has been one of the best in his position in the Premier League, and Arsenal was keen to add him to their squad.

Their late move was because Mohamed Elneny had joined Thomas Partey on the sidelines, and Arsenal wanted protection in that spot on their team.

They figured they could get Luiz for £25million, considering that his current deal expires in the summer.

However, the Villans rejected their offers, and the window closed. Former England number one, Robinson has now revealed why.

He tells Football Insider

“Villa made a decision based on value.

“They will have deemed that having Douglas Luiz for one more season is worth more than £25million. Ultimately Steven Gerrard believes that he needs Luiz and that is why they have not sold him to Arsenal.”

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If Luiz had joined us, he would have provided proper cover for us in that midfield area and protected us from losing to Manchester United, probably.

But we can no longer add players to our squad until at least January, and we need to work with the options we have to achieve our goals.

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  1. Gerald does not like Arsenal I think. He convinced Suarez not to join arsenal years ago from Liverpool……as a coach he turned down the transfer of a player in his final year of his contract……besides he was mostly a sub on the A. Villa team.

  2. Why we were going for Luiz i will never know. The first player we should have signed last season and this was Bissouma. What went on is history now but we missed the boat.

  3. We had AMN who could have played that number 6 role as a back up perfectly which he has done in the past ,obviously something as gone on between the manager and him so that wasn’t to be .
    That a side the academy players under him are not getting a look in ,how many players have been promoted to the first team and have minutes under Arteta ?

    1. Why do you people keep on on rating AMN?
      What you see in his play I don’t know?
      You thinking he could play 6 is delusional. He’s not a marker, he’s not a passer, he’s not particularly strong or powerful, So lackadaisical with the ball.
      You’re not in training with these coaches.
      His best position would have been that full back position, but you know how some English players are… feeling they are better than they actually are. Remember Walcott?

      1. You made a nice point, if he was good Roma would have been on our neck but he was even benchet through out , we only made mistake when we refused 20m from West brom. thats what i regret. Secondly Bisouma was ready to join us but we were quirt until he went to Hotsper now he is helping them without complain even if from the bench. Lastly Parteys health is a good indicator to our management of which needed to be fully adressed by getting some one who can play half or full season without serious injury. Get me right other wise we shall keep losing to the big teams.

    2. I keep saying this. Smith rowe and saka were promoted by Unai, as well as the signing of Martinelli. Azeez, Patino, Balogun are all on loan. Why not play some of these youngsters and introduce them slowly into the first team?

  4. @dan kit almost all arsenal fans knows that AMN is a flop as far as football is concern. Please can you tell me why Roma didn’t sign him after his loan spell their? He is just not good enough

    1. @Ludar
      Tell me, when have you seen a player pit in a MOTM performance, then get benched, subsequently shipped out on loan? Never. That’s what happened to AMN. And yet, you bring up his Roma loan spell to claim he’s a flop. Get real..,

  5. I just hope Arsenal will refresh this squad with 2 quality players in January, and that by that time our season will still be alive.
    If that’s not done, I’m afraid it will be another season of groans and grief in spite of the promising start.

  6. We have 13 Premier,6 Europe, plus Cup and Internacional games to play before we can get any new players.How are we going to survive with only 21 outfield players including the young Marquinhos(at the moment only 17 plus four injured)..Very bad planning.

  7. Sambi and Oedegaard are our weakest links, the earlier Arteta replaces Sambi-Lokonga with White the better for us,

    Sambi-Lokonga will certainly be no where against Onana,
    Everton is a must win.

    1. Peppar keep talking about Ben white as DM have u seen him in that position at arsenal? We even opted for el neny before him forget Ben white as DM

      1. Well, Arteta is stubborn. Remember last season when Partey was injured but still insisted on playing Lokonga over El Neny for three games, or playing Lacazette ( who was doing F all)before finally being forced to play Nketiah coz of injury

  8. @NY I often wonder the match you guys watch sometimes. Who gave him the MOTM?? He has never been a quality player from the start. Just another average and overated player. We will see how he performs in Southampton and then I believe you will see the rubbish we shipped out

  9. Since Tomiyasu is back let Ben take DM position until the two are back or else the rest of the teams are going to use the same loop hole to destroy us. And let us not squander the chances we creat other wise we shall always pay the price by blaming reefs and VAR.

    1. The same Ben that had the worst passing, tackling and interception stats in the whole Arsenal team against utd. No thanks, he isnt good enough.

  10. No doubt about the fact that Ben should take the position until the two are back. Sambi is very slow but have a good creativity though not reliable. Ben should come for a start now!

    1. The guy has never played dm for us if he’s that good why do we play the average el neny before him? Either the manager can’t see it or we don’t see what the Manager sees the guy didn’t even try the position in pre season

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