Unai Emery copying Chelsea tactic to help Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is encouraging David Luiz to play more direct balls to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports.

Luiz arrived in a surprise £8 million deal from Chelsea this summer and was given his first start in the 2-1 victory over Burnley last Saturday.

Aubameyang, meanwhile, has scored in both of Arsenal’s Premier League fixtures so far this season.

Dani Ceballos provided the assist for Aubameyang’s goal against Burnley but Emery is hoping Arsenal’s defence can play a key role in supplying their strike force.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Luiz has been ‘encouraged’ by Emery to play long, direct balls towards Aubameyang in the same way he used to pick out Pedro’s runs at Chelsea.

Luiz created 11 ‘big chances’ in the Premier League last season, more than any other centre-back in the Premier League and one more than his Chelsea teammate Willian.

The report also claims that Emery was ‘delighted’ with the chance to sign Luiz and the Arsenal manager got on well with the Brazilian during their brief time together at Paris Saint-Germain.

Luiz has briefly worked under Emery at PSG in the summer of 2016 before the Brazilian completed his return to Chelsea.

It’s understood that Luiz forced his move away from Chelsea this summer as he was ‘struggling to reconcile’ being managed by his former teammate Frank Lampard.

Lampard also refused to give Luiz assurances over his playing time with Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger also in contention for a regular role at centre-back.

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