David Luiz insists collective attack and defense matters and makes the difference between football clubs
The centre-back reflects on modern football demands.
The 32-year-old insists collective efforts are absolutely necessary defensively and offensively.
A goalkeeper is the first attacker and the striker is the first defender, says Luiz.
“Today, with the evolution of modern football, we know that for a team to be defensively cohesive all players must know how to play a defensive role when they do not have the ball.
“As I always repeat, the attacker is the first defender when we don’t have the ball. It’s similar to a goalkeeper, who is judged by the skills with the ball at his feet in football these days. He is the first attacker in the team.
“They are the first to go out and the ball has to come out with quality from behind. So, group understanding, collective defence and collective attack are the big differentials of big clubs.”
Arsenal’s defensive record is far from being impressive.
The Gunners have conceded 11 goals in 7 games. The team has kept just 1 clean sheet so far this season.