David Luiz is ‘best defender at Arsenal’ say North London veterans

first_imgThe ex-Aston Villa man said: “In derbies, previous meetings go out the window.”We never thought about it. We never thought we haven’t won in ten years.”But I think at the moment Arsenal have a slight edge.”While he agreed with his striking counterpart, Campbell – perhaps understandably – was somewhat more bullish about the gulf between the two clubs.Firing a couple of cheeky shots at Spurs, Campbell said: “Well it’s great that Spurs are actually in the rivalry now!””Because they weren’t for many years.”Having a few years of supposed success compared to two decades of actual success – it’s difficult to say North London belongs to Spurs because it’s belonged to Arsenal for such a long time.”Yes Tottenham have finished above Arsenal in the table for the last two or three years.Having a few years of supposed success compared to two decades of actual success – it’s difficult to say North London belongs to Spurs.Kevin Campbell”And yes they’ve built a squad which is great, but until you have longevity in what you do you cant say you’re running anything.”And they have NOT taken over yet.”You have to do things over the course of time and you also have to win things.”Arsenal have got course and distance. Tottenham haven’t. And that’s why North London is still red!”LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleArsenal vs Spurs kicks-off at 4:30pm on Sunday at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.GentingBet are running a special new customer offer for Sunday’s North London Derby. To find out more visit here. 18+ begambleaware.org.Arsenal manager Unai Emery says that Mesut Ozil is fit to face Tottenham DAVID LUIZ had an absolute stinker in Arsenal’s recent drubbing at Anfield – but he is by far the best defender at the club, according to two North London derby veterans.The Gunners went down 3-1 at Liverpool thanks in no small part to a pair of howlers by the maverick Brazilian – who was made to look Sunday league by Mo Salah.5 David Luiz is the best defender at Arsenal according to Darren Bent and Kevin CampbellCredit: AP:Associated PressAnd with the North London derby looming, Arsenal fans will be desperate to avoid a repeat.But those of a red persuasion have nothing to worry about, according to two men who have played and scored in bitter North London battles of the past.Which centre-half there has got the resume that David Luiz has got?Kevin CampbellDarren Bent scored Tottenham’s second in 2008’s epic 4-4 while Kevin Campbell wrapped up a routine 2-0 win at Highbury – adding to Ian Wright’s opener – in December 1991.And while the pair – speaking exclusively to SunSport on behalf of GentingBet – are used to banging them in up front, they have no worries about the Gunners’ new £8million man at the back.Campbell, 49, said: “David Luiz is the best defender there – and most importantly he has worked with Unai Emery before.”Which centre-half there is better than David Luiz? Which centre-half there has won the Premier League? Which centre-half there has got the resume that David Luiz has got?”None of them.”And recently retired Bent, 35 – who remains an Arsenal fan despite his spell at White Hart Lane – agrees.He said: “Luiz will play a big part this season.”I know he made the mistakes at Liverpool but I think he’s far better than anything Arsenal have got.”He’s an upgrade and I’d much rather go into the season with him than what they already had.”5 Kevin Campbell played for Arsenal from 1988-95 and scored in a victory over Spurs at Highbury in 1991Credit: Getty Images – Getty5 Darren Bent played for Spurs from 2007-09 and notched 18 goals in 60 appearancesCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd’DISGUSTING’Luiz was bought as a last gasp replacement for renegade captain Laurent Koscielny – whose actions in leaving Arsenal were described as DISGUSTING, DISGRACEFUL and DISRESPECTFUL by the North London veterans.Campbell said: “Once you become captain of Arsenal you’ve got to conduct yourself in a right and proper way and I thought he let himself down for selfish reasons.”And that shirt reveal when he went to Bordeaux just cemented my thoughts even more.”But Arsenal acted decisively to replace the 33-year-old and Bent believes it is time to look forward at the Emirates.5 Laurent Koscielny behaved ‘disgracefully’ when he left Arsenal, according to Darren Bent and Kevin CampbellCredit: Twitter5 Koscielny’s ‘disrespectful’ kit reveal was particularly tough to take for CampbellCredit: TwitterBRAGGING RIGHTSSunday will be the 199th meeting between the old foes and – since their 2006 stadium move – the Gunners have certainly maintained bragging rights over their neighbours in white.Spurs have managed just one Premier League win at Arsenal’s home in the ‘Emirates era’ – and that was nearly 10 years ago in 2010.In fact, of their 35 meetings in all competitions since the Gunners’ move, Tottenham have won just nine times home and away.But Bent insisted this will have no impact on Sunday’s result.last_img

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