Arsenal could lose the services of Brazilian defender David Luiz after the recent revelation that the player signed for just a season. He was an £8m acquisition from London rivals Chelsea last summer.
David Luiz became surplus to requirements when Blues legend Frank Lampard was named the manager in 2019 and the centre back had to leave Stamford Bridge for a new adventure rather than sit on the sidelines at Chelsea. Various media outlets reported on Wednesday that the Brazilian international centre back signed a one-year contract plus the option of an additional year but the Gunners have not taken that ‘extra year’ option until now. The option will expire at the end of next month meaning that the player will become a free agent.
David Luiz is in the latter part of his football career at the age of 33 and this factor could be a major decider on the part of the Arsenal bosses especially with young defender William Saliba expected to return to the club for next season at the end of his loan at Saint Etienne. Arsenal signed Frenchman Saliba from Saint Etienne in a £25m deal before he was loaned back to the French Ligue 1 for the current campaign.
David Luiz is the most experienced player in the Arsenal squad though he didn’t have the best of starts to his career at the club. However, he has been able to recover from an uncertain start to become a key defender for new manager Mikel Arteta. Why Arteta and Arsenal still need him:
1. Experience – David Luiz has been a real force since Mikel Arteta became the Gunners boss and his wealth of experience would be useful for another season.
2. Consistency – He has been the only constant in the Arsenal backline since Arteta became manager in 2019.
3. Quality – Arsenal are blessed with quantity centre backs rather than quality. David Luiz can be a real handful for strikers on his good day.