Jermaine Jenas thinks Arsenal need more from their ‘bigger players’ and senses Mikel Arteta is particularly missing David Luiz’s presence.
It was another miserable night for Arteta’s side on Sunday.
After Granit Xhaka was sent off for grabbing Ashley Westwood’s throat, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed the ball into his own net as Arsenal suffered another disappointing defeat to Burnley.
The Gunners have now lost four of their last five Premier League matches and their last four domestic fixtures at the Emirates.
Jenas thinks the likes of Aubameyang, Willian and record signing Nicolas Pepe need to stand up and be counted but senses the absence of Luiz is really hurting Arsenal at the moment.
Luiz has not played since a sickening clash of heads with Wolves striker Raul Jimenez and was again missing from the matchday squad to face Burnley.
Rumours have swirled that Luiz is no longer on speaking terms with his manager – something the club has denied – but Jenas thinks his presence stretches fair beyond just his ability on the pitch and that he is a ‘real leader’ that Arteta relies on.
‘Do you think their bigger players need to step up? I’m talking about Aubameyang, who isn’t delivering right now,’ Jenas told Match of the Day 2.
‘Willian has come in, he’s on big wages, he’s not done anything really. Pepe, he’s another big money signing.
‘I do think they miss David Luiz.
‘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 feel like Arteta is missing that. He’s missing the lieutenant.
‘Aubameyang might be wearing the armband, I’ve got a feeling David Luiz is the one who is kind of saying how things go in that dressing room.’
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