It should be unthinkable that David Luiz remains a first-team Arsenal player next season.
Arsenal signed David Luiz from Chelsea last summer in a move that surprised many fans and observers.
While Luiz has his moments of genius, the Brazilian has never truly been a model of consistency and so it didn’t come as a surprise that Chelsea allowed him to join a rival.
Luiz has been the world’s most expensive defender before now but his time has certainly passed.
Yet, Arsenal signed him and they have made him their most important defender so far.
Every other centre back at the Emirates shares one spot while David Luiz looks an undisputed starter.
To me, this shows just how poor our other defenders are, not so much about how good David Luiz is.
The Brazilian doesn’t impress me with his defending and I don’t think he should be part of Arsenal’s longterm plans.
Mikel Arteta will know enough about his current squad at the end of this season and I expect him to have seen the struggles of Luiz at the back.
Next season, there will be limited room for excuses especially if the club spends lots of money in the transfer market.
William Saliba will return from loan, there is new signing Pablo Mari and both Calum Chambers and Rob Holding will still be there. There is also every chance Arteta will bring in yet another centre half. All this means that David Luiz should be surplus to requirements.
The idea that the former PSG and Chelsea man will have any role to play is incomprehensible to me, he simply is not good enough and in the event, he is still a first-teamer next season then some serious questions will need to be asked.
Luiz will have a year left on his current deal and it should be just fine for him to run down his deal or be sold.