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Transfer: Jamie Carragher sends strong message to Mikel Arteta about David Luiz

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Former Liverpool player, Jamie Carragher has cautioned Mikel Arteta on letting David Luiz leave Arsenal.

Carragher believes letting Luiz go will leave the defence with a lack of experience.

The club is yet to trigger a one-year extension in the former Chelsea centre-half’s contract and it’s thought he could be allowed to depart on a free transfer.

The Brazilian international has been one of the most impressive performers under Arteta – who is thought to be keen to keep him – but club chiefs think highly of William Saliba, who is currently on loan at St Etienne.

However, Carragher believes the 19-year-old, could lack experience in their backline if Luiz is allowed to leave.

“It’s been entertaining,” Carragher told Sky Sports of Luiz’s time in the Premier League.

“I think that’s the first thing you’d say, maybe that’s not something you’d not want to be described as as a defender. ‘Hes not going to change when he went to Arsenal, no manager is going to change David Luiz.

“He’s had success through his career, hes went for big money, he’s got some great qualities.

“I think of him at his best in being in the middle of a back three with [Antonio] Conte in the year they won the title, I think that was the best position for him, I think Conte got the best out of him, we saw the real big strengths of David Luiz.

“We know about him technically, but he is a leader in some senses as well, he’s got a huge frame, he’s a real physical presence as well.

“I think actually being in the middle of that back three with real defenders either side of him, Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta, I think really saw the best of him. That’s how I certainly remember him.

“At times we know he can lack concentration, make poor decisions and that’s cost certain teams. I think that’s why he’s always moved on in his career.

“I think a manager feels he can get the best out of him, he’s got some great qualities, but when you’d got him for a year or two you think, no, I can’t put up with the other stuff that he brings to the club as well”, and maybe that’s what Arteta’s seen.”

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