Arsenal manager Unai Emery is allegedly encouraging David Luiz to continue to play the long, direct balls he became well-known for during his time at Chelsea .
The 32-year-old signed for the Gunners on deadline day, with Emery keen on adding a ball-playing centre-back to his squad.
During his second spell at Chelsea Luiz often played long balls to Pedro, and created more ‘big chances’ than any other Premier League centre-back last season with 11.
According to the Telegraph Emery has told Luiz to aim for star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when he receives the ball, and he is hopeful the Brazilian will be able to set up the Gabonese forward on a number of occasions this season.
It will be interesting to see whether this tactic is put into effect during Arsenal’s upcoming trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool .
Both Luiz and Aubameyang are expected to start the match, with the latter looking to continue his scoring streak having netted once in each of Arsenal’s opening two fixtures, a 1-0 win over Newcastle and 2-1 victory against Burnley .
The Telegraph’s report also claims that Emery was ‘delighted’ with the signing of Luiz having got to know the player during his time at Paris Saint-Germain.
Luiz was desperate for a move having been clearly told by new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard that he would be the fourth-choice centre-back behind Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger, and was thrilled to be given the opportunity to stay in London and link up again with Emery.
Nicolas Pepe could make his full debut for Arsenal against Liverpool having come off the bench as a substitute in the Gunners’ first two matches. Midfielders Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka will have late fitness tests, with Ozil recently suffering from illness and Xhaka recovering from a leg injury.