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David Luiz hailed by Calum Chambers as ‘great guy’ amid criticism

David Luiz is proving a hit at Arsenal both on and off the field, according to team-mate Calum Chambers.

Luiz, 32, joined the Gunners in the summer from London rivals Chelsea and scored the winner as Arsenal beat Bournemouth 1-0 on Sunday to move third in the Premier League.

The Brazil defender has won 15 major honours during his career and, despite question marks over his concentration at times, he was signed to add a wealth of knowledge to the Arsenal back line.

David Luiz scored his first goal for new club Arsenal in Sunday's 1-0 win over Bournemouth

David Luiz scored his first goal for new club Arsenal in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth 

The 32-year-old celebrates opening his Arsenal account having been criticized since joining

The 32-year-old celebrates opening his Arsenal account having been criticized since joining

Luiz has fielded criticism for some poor performances in his opening games at Arsenal. The Brazilian was the central figure of blame following Arsenal’s 2-2 draw away at lowly Watford. The former Chelsea man also gave away a penalty at Anfield in Arsenal’s only defeat of the season, to league leaders Liverpool. 

Sky Sports pundit and former Manchester United captain Gary Neville also said at the time that Luiz and defensive partner Sokratis are liabilities. ‘They look sloppy and rash at the back,’ he said. ‘The two centre-backs, they’re rash.’ 

Calum Chambers (right) has spoken of the positive impact the Brazilian has had since joining

Calum Chambers (right) has spoken of the positive impact the Brazilian has had since joining

However, Luiz looks to be enjoying an upturn in form. Sunday saw his first Arsenal goal and his maiden clean sheet for Unai Emery’s side, who sit just a point behind reigning Premier League champions Manchester City heading into the international break.

Chambers revealed that, not only has Luiz made a difference on the pitch, his presence around the training ground and dressing room has also not gone unnoticed.

‘David has been brilliant, he has come in and no-one in the club has a bad word to say about him,’ he said.

‘He is one of the nicest guys I have met, he talks to you, gives you advice and makes everyone feel like he is giving you his undivided attention.

Chambers said the Arsenal dressing room can learn a lot from the experience of Luiz

Chambers said the Arsenal dressing room can learn a lot from the experience of Luiz

‘Off the pitch, he is a great guy and on the pitch he brings his qualities and is playing well at the moment.

‘He brings some added experience, obviously he was won things and I haven’t won as many things as he has, so there are things I can learn from him both on and off the pitch, it is always good to have experience like that in the team.’

Even though Arsenal sit in the Champions League places, with just one defeat so far this season, away to early pace-setters Liverpool, Chambers feels there is still room for improvement in the coming weeks.

Asked if there was still more to come from the team, the defender replied: ‘Yes, we have got a really strong squad, a lot of quality players.

‘We know we have got quality and we can see that, we have just got to keep working hard and believing in ourselves and the results will keep on coming.’ 

 

Original article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7546189/David-Luiz-hailed-Calum-Chambers-great-guy-amid-criticism.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

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