Happy Friday to you ALL.
David Luiz is out at Arsenal.
A good leader at times.
An inspiration to a generation of Arsenal kids who saw him as a mentor and a legend.
The absolute correct decision for Arsenal FC as we head into a big summer rebuild.
I don’t want to bag on the player, but the reality is for all his big game skill, he was mistake-prone, unfocused, and problematic if he wasn’t getting exactly what he wanted.
Moving him on is a big move for Edu and Arteta. It’s the first break on the grip that Kia has had on the two of them. It opens up a space for someone like Saliba. It allows us to start addressing the ‘unforced error’ table he’s had a massive had in over the past two years.
This move was also correct from an injury perspective. Arsenal lost Luiz at the most important part of the season, we got him back, then lost him right after. Big players need to be fit. Luiz is on the back 9 of his career, he’s not getting fitter or faster.
I am very, very happy. This sets the tone for the summer providing we don’t walk right back into another hellish deal for some other older player looking for a retirement deal.
There are lots of rumours bubbling around. I think we’ll move on Bertrand as cover for Tierney, we’ll sign a right-back, we’ll look at a good central midfielder or two, and I suspect we’ll find competition for ESR for that #10 spot.
We need to move on the players that have baggage with Arsenal.
We need to age down the squad.
We need to find players with big personalities that want to grow with one of the most exciting young crops of players in Europe.
This summer could be exciting, we just have to trust our novice leadership team actually learned the lessons of the last 18 months.
Big, big if… but this is a great start.
In other news, how awesome is the new Arsenal kit? Literally the best part of the season is the new shirt.
Right, a quick one today, see you in the comments.