Arsenal legend Alan Smith backs David Luiz to unlock Gunners attacking potential

first_imgEmery’s main task must be to get Arsenal back into the Champion League (Picture: Getty)Emery had already identified the defence as an area that required major improvement after a season when the north Londoners recorded joint-worst top-flight season defensively since 1984 with 51 league goals conceded: the only year they matched that was the season before.But former striker Smith is convinced that Arsenal will outscore teams, especially once Pepe settles into the team alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.‘Even though Aubameyang is not really a wide player, the pace and mobility and ability to change positions across the front line gives them a natural way of playing in a three,’ Smith added.‘It might take a little bit longer than the price tag suggests for Pepe to adapt but he is alongside two team-mates who will, I am sure, be anxious to help and incorporate him into the system, hopefully it won’t take too long. Comment James GrayFriday 23 Aug 2019 10:20 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsenal legend Alan Smith backs David Luiz to unlock Gunners attacking potential Smith was a potent attacker for Arsenal in his heyday (Picture: Getty)‘When they signed Pepe it addressed the fact Arsenal have lacked that bit of natural width.‘There has been an over-reliance on Aubameyang and Lacazette, so it will be nice if Pepe can contribute like he did in France.‘Goals win you games.’But if goals do not win Arsenal games, fans can expect the manager to re-enter the transfer market to strengthen the squad once again.Arsenal director Josh Kroenke told the BBC earlier this week: ‘We’ve got to evaluate some things in the short term and figure out where we might need to address going forward, so when January does roll around we’re going to be proactive again.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Luiz is a defender who is known for his range of attacking passes (Picture: Getty)Arsenal signed David Luiz to strengthen their defence but Gunners legend Alan Smith reckons the Brazilian will be the man to turbo-charge their new-look attack.Unai Emery’s outfit added some much-needed experience to their back-line when they signed Luiz for just £8million from rivals Chelsea.The 32-year-old was part of a busy summer of signings for Arsenal who spent more than £130m, including £72m on Ivorian winger Nicolas Pepe to break their club-record transfer fee.‘When Pepe signed, you did think that’s well and good but we do need a centre half,’ Smith told The Athletic.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Luiz coming in has eased some of those concerns as well as being a great exponent of the diagonal pass.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘When you have such quick targets to chase after these balls it’s a good way of getting from back to front. It is nice to have that mixture.‘There is that sense for opponents that if you press and squeeze Arsenal in midfield you can stop them building up, so that’s a nice weapon in the armoury to have.’Arsenal are desperate to break into the top four once again as they begin a third consecutive season without Champions League football.last_img read more