David Luiz is not Arsenal’s “answer to their prayers”, says Martin Keown, with an unnecessary gamble being taken on a player who will be “exposed” in a much-criticised defensive unit.The Gunners have sought to build for the future at the heart of their back four by agreeing a deal for William Saliba, but have allowed him to spend the 2019-20 campaign back on loan at Saint-Etienne.Unai Emery is therefore eager to find an experienced addition to his ranks for the current campaign, with Laurent Koscielny having forced through a switch to Bordeaux. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Chelsea star Luiz is the man Arsenal have set their sights on, with Goal able to confirm that an £8 million ($10m) agreement is in place, but Keown has questioned the logic of swooping for the 32-year-old Brazil international.The former Gunners centre-half told the Daily Mail: “Yes, Arsenal want a centre back, but is Luiz the answer to their prayers? I don’t think so. “The way the 32-year-old plays, he would be exposed in that Arsenal defence. He would not get the same protection that he enjoys at Chelsea, where N’Golo Kante patrols in front of the back line. “In possession, Luiz is a wonderful passer, but he makes mistakes when playing as part of a back four.“He has a tendency to lose his marker and is one of those all-or-nothing players — if he doesn’t win the ball in a challenge, then congratulations because you’re in. “Luiz is clearly a big personality. Maybe Emery thinks he can control the Brazilian — they crossed paths at Paris Saint-Germain — but him missing first-team training with Chelsea on Wednesday is a red flag. “Let’s not forget that Arsenal have just been forced to sell a player to Bordeaux who did this to them.“Laurent Koscielny was club captain and always came across as a good egg, but he still made sure he got his move. “He refused to take part in their pre-season tour of the United States. That proved how even the most well-balanced player is prepared to rock the boat in a bid to get his way. “Do Arsenal really want to be on the receiving end of someone willing to kick up a similar fuss now? That’s why I question whether he (Luiz) would be suitable for Emery.”If Arsenal do push through a deal for Luiz, and Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, then it could be that Emery fields a new-look line up in a Premier League opener against Newcastle on Sunday.The Gunners have already broken their transfer record this summer to acquire £72m ($88m) forward Nicolas Pepe, while also taking midfielder Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid and exciting teenager Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano.
By Jack LightstonePresident, Brock UniversityThere are momentous, public tragic events that occur in our lifetimes for which we vividly remember where we were when they happened, or when we learned of them.We retain such memories because, at the very moment these events are taking place, it is self-evident that the tragedy has or will have a historic impact on many people’s perspectives and subsequent actions.For my generation, two such events were the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Centre. But a third happened 25 years ago this week – Marc Lépine’s heinous slaughter of 14 women at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique, on Dec. 6, 1989.At the time I was an associate vice-president at Concordia University, less than five kilometres from the scene of what would become known as the Montreal Massacre.Over at Ecole Polytechnique, as the late afternoon sun was setting, the unbelievable began to unfold. Men and women emerged from buildings, running into the twilight and into a frantic street scene.Police and emergency personnel had established a secure perimeter while, inside, their colleagues swept through corridors, labs and lecture halls, striving to stop Lépine, to rescue the injured and, more tragically, to retrieve the dead.Minute by minute, the crowd outside was being augmented by the families and friends of students and staff, who, upon hearing the live news bulletins, rushed to the scene to learn about the fate of those dear to them.Anyone who escaped or was extricated from the building was quickly besieged by journalists, and asked to recount on live broadcasts what had been happening inside. Thus, it was known very early on that Lépine had systematically separated men and women, so as to target women.We would later learn that it was women he blamed for his own failings and inadequacies. He felt women were taking places in society that rightfully belonged to men. In his mind, that was an injustice that was the cause of his own unhappiness and lack of success. What better symbol for him than women in engineering programs – to him, a man’s profession.What a shock this barbarism was to our late-20th-century Canadian sensibilities. Had we not made so much progress in women assuming their rightful equality in our society?For Montrealers in particular, how was it possible that such attitudes, such hatred, such violence towards women would be so horrifically expressed in our urbane, progressive city? Was Montreal not the epitome of Quebec’s Quiet Revolution, which in the 1960s had rejected – indeed, ousted – the traditional and patriarchal values of the “old Quebec?”In the days and weeks following Lépine’s atrocity on our senses and on our moral compass , the soul-searching began, along with heightened political and social action.This Dec. 6, a quarter century after that cruel day at Ecole Polytechnique, millions of people will stop to reflect on that event, and on the critical meaning of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.Here at Brock, a special screening the award-winning film Polytechnique was held on Dec 4, followed by a group discussion. The Brock event was organized by the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, A Safer Brock, the Student Justice Centre, OPIRG and the Office of Human Rights and Equity Services. I salute them all for organizing this.It is of paramount importance that the passage of time does not render our culture indifferent to the possibilities that can lurk within an unenlightened society’s dark corners.Major social and attitudinal change is a long-term project. Universities tend, rightfully, to be places where norms are examined and questioned. And so it is no accident that when Marc Lepine wanted to vent his hatred for “feminists”, he could think no better place to go than an institution of higher learning and research.The lesson: Do not forget, and never stop working toward the goals and objectives.No person must ever encounter gender-based violence or other barriers to roles where they can become the leaders that our world so desperately needs.