‘Most influential’… Owen Hargreaves says £15m Arsenal target is better than Declan Rice defensively

Douglas Luiz has been one of the best players in the Premier League this season.

The Brazilian took his tally for goals to nine for the campaign over the weekend, but it’s not just his goalscoring prowess that has caught the eye.
Indeed, the Aston Villa ace has been utterly brilliant in both boxes this term, putting in some truly incredible defensive performances alongside his goals.

It’s no surprise to hear that he’s one of Arsenal’s top transfer targets right now.

Speaking on Premier League Productions, Owen Hargreaves has been full of praise for the South American, claiming that he is one of the elite holding midfielders in the league right now, claiming that he’s actually better defensively than the likes of Declan Rice and Bruno Guimaraes.
Douglas Luiz is better than Declan Rice defensively

Hargreaves shared his verdict on the £15m man.

“Douglas Luiz has put himself into a category now after Rodri and along with Declan Rice as the elite defensive midfield players in the Premier League, Bruno Guimaraes is another one of those, but Douglas Luiz is better defensively and that’s why I think he’s very unique,” Hargreaves said.

Has it all

Whether or not Luiz is better than Rice defensively is up for debate, but one thing is for sure, the Aston Villa midfielder has it all.
The Brazilian is the complete package. He’s a brilliant defender, a fantastic passer and this season has shown that he can also find the back of the net.

He’d be brilliant for any team in the Premier League right now, and if Arsenal do manage to sign him this summer, they will have a truly incredible midfield pairing.

Aston Villa are very lucky to have Luiz, and he’s played a massive part in the Villans’ success so far this season.

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