Mikel Arteta has sung the praises of David Luiz as the Spaniard confirmed the Brazil international is set to depart north London this summer.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, ahead of the clash with Crystal Palace tomorrow, the former Manchester City assistant claimed that the 34-year-old proved incredibly helpful during his time at the club.
Luiz signed for the Gunners back during the summer of 2019 from London rivals Chelsea and was immediately successful, helping the Emirates Stadium outfit to win the FA Cup, beating his former club in the final.
However, his second term has proven less successful with ace having missed some of the campaign due to injury as the club look to be finishing mid-table and without a trophy or European football.
When talking about Luiz and his helpfulness during his two years in N5, Arteta said: ” I had the privilege to work with him for 18 months, which I really enjoyed. We got on really well, we had some great moments together, he has been really helpful, someone that we really like and appreciate so much, so I just say thank you to him and wish him the best of luck in his next chapter because I am sure, knowing David, that he will have many more to come as a player, and in the future, somehow related to the game.”
Luiz’s departure is more than just another player leaving the team, it leaves a massive gaping hole right in the heart of Arsenal’s defence.
His impact since moving from the Blues has been monumental and shouldn’t be understated due to a few errors early on in his career at the club.
From helping to develop the youth players to acting as the rock in the centre of defence during key moments, Luiz has been a true professional and will be extremely hard to replace this summer.
Where do the Gunners go about finding someone as experienced and with the same skillset at the former Benfica man?
His passing has been such a key miss across the latter stages of the Europa League season especially in the second-leg draw at home to Villarreal, where Arsenal rarely got in behind the Spanish outfit.
You can’t help but feel as though the Brazilian’s long-range passing in behind could’ve reeked havoc against Unai Emery’s side had he been fit.
Arsenal welcome back William Saliba alongside the likes of Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes and Pablo Mari ahead of next season. But, none of the quartet will come close to replicating the sort of impact Luiz had during his two seasons at Arsenal.
It makes you wonder, why the outfit are making such a bad decision in letting the star leave this summer.