Paul Merson isn’t renowned for intelligent football opinions at the best of times, and now the former midfielder has suggested David Luiz should be made Arsenal captain.
The Brazilian made the short move across London this summer, joining Arsenal from Chelsea in an £8 million move on transfer deadline day, and despite the initial optimism around the signing, he has already shown what he is capable of.
Since Luiz’s first appearance in an Arsenal shirt, the North London outfit have shipped 10 goals in five Premier League games, with the 32-year-old clumsily conceding two penalties in that time.
However, Paul Merson reckons that Luiz has ‘got to be’ handed the captains armband simply because he plays every week, even though admitting his form is wildly inconsistent.
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“The worrying thing for me is I heard the manager say he’s going to have five captains, which tells me he has no idea what his team is,” Merson told The Debate.
“Unai Emery’s been there a year-and-a-half, he’s got to have five captains because he doesn’t have a clue what his best team is. He hasn’t got a clue. The good teams are the ones who play virtually the same team every week, but with Arsenal you don’t know who it’ll be from week to week.
“David Luiz has got to be captain, he’s a serial winner. People have a go at him because one week he’ll be a 2/10 and the next a 9/10, but he’s going to play every week.
“I’m not the greatest lover of a forward being the captain, but [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang’s another one. Those front three should pick themselves straight away and you go from there – they’ll play every week, if they’re fit.”