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Per Mertesacker backs David Luiz to ‘learn from his mistakes’ after mixed start to his Arsenal career

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David Luiz apologises to Arsenal fans following the club's defeat to Liverpool
was at fault for 2 targets throughout Arsenal’s defeat to Liverpool in August (Picture: Getty)

Former Arsenal captain and present academy supervisor believes that David Luiz will enhance following a mixed start to his career in north London.

Luiz sealed an £8m transfer to Arsenal from Chelsea on switch deadline day and has shortly established himself as a first-team common in Unai Emery’s defence alongside Sokratis Papastathopolous.

Arsenal are but to preserve a clear sheet with Luiz within the aspect, although, and the 32-year-old was at fault for each of Mohamed Salah’s targets in the course of the 3-1 defeat at Anfield final month, fouling the Egyptian to concede a penalty for his first.

Throughout his career, Luiz has confronted criticism for making essential errors in defence, however Mertesacker thinks that the Brazilian will show to be a very good addition to Arsenal’s backline given time.

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David Luiz in action for Arsenal against Burnley in August
Luis has began three of Arsenal’s 4 Premier League video games this season (Picture: Getty)

‘I think he (David Luiz) will learn from his mistakes on the pitch, but he is very comfortable being at Arsenal,’ he instructed Sky Sports.

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‘That’s what I’ve been seeing. So we’re glad 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.’

One of the principle elements behind Arsenal’s failure to end within the top-four final season was their defensive document as they conceded extra targets than the entire groups above them within the league.

Arsenal have already conceded six targets of their opening 4 fixtures this marketing campaign, double the variety of Liverpool and Manchester City, suggesting they nonetheless have vulnerabilities on the again.

However, Mertesacker has insisted that Arsenal’s defenders aren’t solely to blame for the variety of targets being conceded and acknowledged that Unai Emery’s aspect want to discover a higher stability.

He added: ‘I feel we now have a scarcity of stability proper now. Where you’re feeling like, okay we now have superb strikers however they as effectively want to perceive that we want to have a sure compactness.

‘It’s not solely about us three strikers offering an offensive risk. It is about these entrance three as effectively, main the primary frontline as being a defensive unit.

‘So I feel we want to be cautious of that. No matter how a lot placing energy you’ve got, you want to have a way of defensive compactness from everybody.

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‘So it’s not solely the again 4 who needs to be judged on what number of targets we concede.’

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