Arsenal tipped to “pay for two players’ wages” by moving defender on

Kevin Campbell has claimed that Arsenal should be looking to offload David Luiz this summer, and cover two players wages with the saving.

The Brazilian is currently sidelined with a knee injury, but was playing heavily in 2021 prior to his latest setback.

Luiz joined the club from Chelsea in the summer of 2019 on a one-year deal, but the club agreed to extend that by a further year.

It is time once again to consider whether to offer him another contract to keep him tied to the club beyond the coming window, and former Gunner Campbell believes it makes little sense.

“He would be down the pecking order next season,” Campbell told the Football Insider.

“If they were to tie Luiz down to a new deal, would be really play many games?

“There are some decent centre-halves there, especially with William Saliba and Mavropanos coming back.

“Maybe it is time to move on for Luiz and it looks like that is what they are probably going to do. When you look at his wages, that could probably pay for two players’ wages.”

While Campbell may believe that Luiz will fall down the pecking order for one or both or our loanees, Mikel Arteta is yet to give either Saliba or KM the seal of approval with a single minute of playing time.

While we may believe they have both impressed this season on loan, Arteta showed when overlooking the French defender that he clearly has his own ideas, which could well open the door for another season for the Brazilian.

Has Luiz earned another contract with his performances this season?


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  1. Luiz is one of only three players out of contract this summer.
    The other two are the loanees Ceballos and Odegaard.
    We beat Slavia without Luiz so yes just let him go.
    Luiz will not yield a fee but his salary would pay for two other players wages. But that won’t pay for any new purchases so a loan LB and keeping Odegaard on loan again maybe the best we can do this summer.
    The fact is no one will leave voluntarily because they would have to take a pay cut especially if Arsenal ask for a fee. Bellerin Holding Chambers Niles Nelson Nketiah Willock will not leave and besides they are our home grown quota. They plus Cedric Mavropanos Willian Torreira Guendouzi Saliba Kolasinac Aubameyang and Lacazette know that if they wait till they can leave on a free they can get a big salary at their next club.
    A couple of promising 17 year olds for the academy is probably the highlight of our summer transfers.

  2. Luiz is a decent man but we will not be renewing his contract, is my opinion IF we do, it will be a mistake.

  3. If Arsenal have first team players that make half of Luiz’s 80,000 per week, then is can be no surprise they are a mid-table club.

    In some cases you see players on low wages if they have been recently promoted to the first team from the academy, but once they have proved themselves, the club needs to being them up to wage parity with the rest of the first team asap.

    Wage inequity is one of the most difficult issues for a first team manager because typically he has not say in wage negotiations, but he has to deal with the fall out.

    For example (these numbers are just for the point of argument, and do not reflect the players’ real salaries), if Bukayo Saka is making 35,000 per week, and Willian, who plays in the same position, makes 90,000 per week… well, for the first year, it is not a huge problem, because Saka is new to the first XI and Willian is a proven pro. Next season, however, Saka is going to be the incumbent in the first XI at left wing. If he comes into the season on the same low wages relative to a part-time player, he will feel like the club do not appreciate his efforts. His agent will know that the player, and of course he, will make much more if Saka moves elsewhere. The agent puts out feelers, gets an idea of what his client would command from another team, perhaps he even gets an offer, on the down low. Just like that, Arsenal have a problem instead of a solution at left wing for the next decade.

    If a club has ambition to be a top team, and it seems pretty clear Arsenal are giving up on earning their place on merit – their decision to back this European Super League proves that the club knows it will never reclaim its former glory, so it won’t even try, it cannot afford to have a gaggle of underpaid young players on the books.

    1. Luiz, apart from his experience is one of the best defenders we ave currently, himself and Tierney. We now say bcos we won matches when he was not playing he shd go, did Aston villa not win matches without their talisman Grealish?. Of course they did.
      I believe that we shd keep Luiz, his experience and his leadership quality on and off the field is needed to inspire the boys especially the the very young ones. Nobody in our current team has more successes than him so they respect him.
      Just like paul35mm said if we are looking at laying him off and paying 2 player’s salary with his salary then we are not ambitious at all, little wonder why we are where we are currently and stagnant, which Good player will a 40k salary attract? Reason we ave alot of players in the team now that years back will not even be considered for our reserve team.
      In summary, Luiz is needed. He and Tierney are our most consistent defenders till their injury.

  4. Luiz, bellerin, torreira, guendouzi moved on and saliba, bissouma, and a new left back whose forte is defending come in.

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