Mikel Arteta asks Arsenal to trigger contract extension of their Brazilian star

Mikel Arteta wants to keep David Luiz at Arsenal for longer

Mikel Arteta has asked Arsenal to trigger the one-year extension on David Luiz’s contract as the Brazilian continues to impress under him.

Luiz has been in fine form for Arsenal since he made the move from Chelsea. He struggled in the first few months of his move to North London, but he has recovered well to become an important member of the Arsenal team under Mikel Arteta.

Luiz initially joined the Gunners on a short term deal, but Sun Sport claims that he has worked well enough to merit an extension.

The report claims that the Gunners are prepared to trigger the extension that would keep him at the Emirates until 2021.

Arteta is expected to sign another defender in the summer transfer window, but he knows that the experience of David Luiz would be key in any new defence he forms if they are to be successful.

Luiz is one of the most decorated members of the Arsenal team as he has won the league in more than two countries, among other trophies.

One of the issues he had at Chelsea was their unwillingness to give over 30-year-olds more than a year’s contract.

It is unclear if he would accept an extension of just one season, but Arteta appears determined not to lose him.

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7 Comments

  1. Sue says:

    I thought he signed a 2 year deal when he joined us??

  2. Grandad says:

    To suggest that Luis has been in “fine form” this season is to be somewhat economical with the truth in my view.He is not a great defender and on many occasions his lack of pace and positional sense has been shown up.To be fair, he seems a very genuine guy who seems very popular with his teammates and the Management team and this could be why Arteta is keen to have him around next season.From what I’ve seen from him over the years, he could well go into Management when he retires from playing.

    1. jon fox says:

      Yes Grandad, that’s how I see it too. He seems a fine human being but his lack of judgement on the pitch I find deeply unimpressive . To claim he has shown much improvement is NOT my opinion though. I’d be thrilled to see him leave TBH.

  3. ken1945 says:

    It’s strange, but I will always see him as a Chelsea player, in much the same way as I see Giroud as a Gooner.

    Delving a little deeper into this reported decision, with Salibas and Mari coming in next season, it must surely mean that we will be putting at least two CB’s up for sale?

    Iwonder what personnel will be departing the ranks out of the miriad of CB’ we have?…and surely that means no more defensive signings, unless Soares hasn’t impressed enough?

  4. GunnerJack says:

    As he is well liked and greatly respected by the Arsenal players themselves I would be happy if MA made him captain. Can’t think of anyone else with his stature, certainly not Hector and definitely not Xhaka. Not sure being a captian suits Auba either.

  5. ThirdManJW says:

    Why? We need quality CBs, not aging rejects from our rivals!

  6. ken1945 says:

    Because MA wants him and he knows more about the situation than you do TMJW.

    It could be his experience, his attitude in training, MA,’s plans for next season, the leadership skills he possesses… why do you always want to see negatives?

    For goodness sake, give him and the club a break – your negativity knows no bounds.

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