The Defender Robin Van Persie Says He Would Bully If He Was Still Playing
Robin van Persie has advised that opposition forwards should 'go at' David Luiz and thinks the Arsenal centre back would be easy to 'bully.'
Luiz hasn't been able to keep himself out of the news, for all the wrong reasons, since football returned. First his awful performance, including red card, against Manchester City helped Pep Guardiola's side to an easy 3-0 win over Arsenal.
Then he was somehow given a new contract by the Gunners, much to the confusion and anger of fans of the club. Now former Arsenal striker Van Persie is advising future opponents to just attack the Brazilian.
"If you play against him, I would go at him, almost try to bully him and to make physical contact with him and move around him and try to tease him a little bit because he is vulnerable," the Dutchman told BT Sport.
Luiz had his moments during two spells at Chelsea, and one at PSG, winning the Premier League, Europa League and Champions League with the west London club and two league titles in France too.
Van Persie explained how the former Benfica player once had the potential to be a great centre back adding, "With David Luiz, if he was 24 or 25 you would say he is potentially world class.
"But he is not. He is 33. He has all the skills too because he is confident on the ball, he can pass, he can dribble. He can defend but he just makes too many silly mistakes which makes it for an opponent.
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"...The first job you have to do is to defend, be solid and be trustworthy. If you have extra, you can dribble, do some nice passes perfect but he needs to focus on his job."
After his aberration against City in Arsenal's return to action after three months, his mistake led to the opener before he was sent off giving away a penalty for the second, saw him suspended for the next two games.
The 33-year-old returned to the starting line up on Sunday in the FA Cup quarter final against Sheffield United but had to go off injured before the hour mark.
As well as Luiz, the Gunners also extended the contract of Cedric Soares, despite the full back not making an appearance since his move from Southampton in January, and Pablo Marí after the centra back made just three appearances for Arteta before his 'significant' injury vs City, which led to Luiz coming on.
Can you imagine the damage a peak Van Persie would do against Luiz in his current form?