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Robin Van Persie Revealed Which Premier League Defender He'd Bully

Ryan Sidle

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Robin Van Persie Revealed Which Premier League Defender He'd Bully

Robin van Persie has advised that opposition forwards should 'go at' David Luiz and thinks the Arsenal centre back would be easy to 'bully.'

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Luiz has been much maligned throughout two spells at Chelsea and during his current run with Arsenal, although he's often been praised too.

Mikel Arteta still sees the Brazilian centre back as integral to his team and he was handed an extension to his contract in the summer.

However former Arsenal striker Van Persie believes he would bully Luiz, if he were still playing, and would target the former Benfica man.

"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 in June.

Luiz walks off after being sent off against City last season. Image: PA Images
Luiz walks off after being sent off against City last season. Image: PA Images

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.

"...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."

Luis played in the Community Shield victory for Arteta's side before the season but had to sit out the opening game of the season win against Fulham.

He returned as a substitute against West Ham on the weekend before starting the Carabao Cup win against Leicester City on Wednesday.

Arsenal have brought in Gabriel and William Saliba in defence for this season but the senior player still remains first choice when everyone is fit.

Arteta thinks the former PSG defender will be good for his two new signings. "I think he is a really good role model for them, the manager said.

"For who David is as a person and as a player and everything he has achieved in the game - I think they are lucky to have him around."

Van Persie clearly thinks otherwise...

Topics: Football News, Manchester United, david luiz, Robin van Persie, Premier League, Arsenal

Ryan Sidle
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