Date: 15th December 2020 at 6:00pm
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Jermaine Jenas has claimed that Arsenal needed David Luiz’s leadership during their defeat to Burnley last Sunday.

The Gunners were narrowly beaten by the Clarets after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored an own goal from a corner.

During his appearance on Match of The Day, the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder claims that the defender has influence in the dressing room.

Jenas said: “I do. I get a feeling that David Luiz is a real leader in that team and has authority on how things go in that dressing room, I really do and I think that they and Arteta is missing that. I feel like he [Luiz] is actually the lieutenant.”

“Aubameyang might be wearing the armband. I’ve got a feeling David Luiz is the one that is saying how things go in that dressing room.” (via BBC MOTD)

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Over the last few months, one thing has become abundantly clear and that’s the leadership skills of the former Chelsea man.

His worst performance in a Gunners shirt came during the 3-0 loss to Manchester City back in June when football returned. However, despite getting sent-off, like a true leader he apologised almost immediately in a post-game interview. His redemption was then completed when he put in the greatest performance in his Arsenal jersey with his FA Cup semi-final performance against the Citizens.

What’s even more important than his performances is the comments made by the younger players among the squad about the Brazilian’s influence on their career. Joe Willock praised the influence the centre-back has had in his short time at the club labelling the 33-year-old a ‘mentor’ and ‘big brother’.

From his displays to his dressing room influence over the younger players, Luiz’s leadership skills are irreplaceable, and during this moment in time, are needed in the squad. Four losses on the trot is no joke, and with confidence at an all-time low, turning to the trophy-laden ace is just the trick.

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