According to a report from Football London, Arsenal are unlikely to offer 33-year-old David Luiz a new contract at the end of this season.
The Brazilian joined us from Chelsea in 2019 and has played 72 games for us in all competitions. He played a big part in our FA Cup triumph last season, and he is a very popular figure behind the scenes.
Luiz’s original contract expired at the end of last season. There were plenty of calls from fans, pundits and the media to let him leave, but Arteta ignored all of that and gave him a new deal.
That expires at the end of this season and the Arsenal boss has a very difficult decision on his hands.
Luiz is 33 already and just had to go under the knife. He is expected to be back in about a month’s time, but it’s still unclear if he’ll be able to play any part before the season comes to an end.
With Willian Saliba and Dinos Mavropanos returning from their respective loan spells, the report claims that it is very unlikely that Luiz’s current £100,000-a-week deal will be renewed this summer.
The Insider’s View:
Arsenal currently have Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Gabriel and Calum Chambers available to play in the heart of the defence. Mavropanos and Saliba’s return will make it six central defenders, which may just be one too many.
However, if Luiz is released, Arsenal will lose a lot of experience and leadership at the back. That could prove to be costly for the Gunners, especially if someone like Saliba is given regular opportunities.
Keeping hold of the Brazilian for another year wouldn’t really be a bad idea. However, there’s no way Arsenal will give him the same wages he’s currently on. That could tempt Luiz to look for a move elsewhere as he approaches the final few years of his professional career.