Arsenal legend lavishes praise on Chelsea signing David Luiz

Martin Keown heaps praise on David Luiz following his return to Chelsea in the summer transfer window

Martin Keown has credited David Luiz with being a key factor behind Chelsea’s top form this season.

The Brazilian defender has been a key feature of Antonio Conte’s side in recent weeks following the Italian coach’s decision to switch to a 3-4-3 formation.

Luiz secured a return to Stamford Bridge from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer transfer window after initially leaving Chelsea to join the French club two years ago.

The defender has been a regular fixture in the Chelsea first-team since his return and has earned plenty of praise for his performances for the Blues.

And former Arsenal defender Keown has conceded that he has been very impressed by the Brazil international’s performances since his return to west London.

Writing in his column for The Daily Mail, Keown said: “It [Luiz’s return] has been very successful.

“You’d have to say his return has been linked to their success.

“Antonio Conte has been able to play three at the back because of Luiz. Given the centre halves who were available, it was a good bit of business.

“Conte will have had one eye on the bigger picture, knowing it could let him play his preferred system.”

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Conte has been tasked with restoring Chelsea to the top of English football following their disastrous 10th-placed finish last season.

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