As fans, we are quick to highlight the 33 year old Brazilian’s sometimes hilarious mistakes. But with his contact expiring in the summer, the frizzy haired centre-half has given Mikel Arteta plenty to think about.
It seems the appointment of Spanish tactician, Mikel Arteta, has brought about a new age at the most prestigious club in London with the Gunners are no longer shipping goals for fun. With clever defensive signings, such as Pablo Marí and Gabriel, Arsenal’s problems this season lie elsewhere on the pitch.
Clearly Arteta hasn’t found his perfect partnership at the back yet, with the defensive pairing changing almost every game, as well as the odd ‘3 at the back’ thrown in to spice things up. Despite the chopping and changing, Luiz has found his name on the team sheet more often than not.
In his preview before the Burnley game, Arteta insisted that David Luiz has an extremely positive influence on the dressing room with the Gunner’s youngsters learning from the Premier League veteran.
“The professional he is, how he looks after himself, but also how he looks after his teammates. He’s always willing to help, he’s always willing to help, he’s always really positive around it. He’s got huge experience of how to win things, but as well how to manage difficult moments and you need that.”
“And then he gives a lot of composure to the team both with and without the ball. He’s a presence, he’s a leader and someone that is playing really well at the moment. What I want is that he keeps playing like that until the end of the season and we’ll make that decision together.”
There is no doubt that Edu Gaspar, Arsenal’s technical director, and Mikel Arteta have already started planning their summer spending spree. Arteta started shifting the deadwood last summer, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going to Roma, swiftly followed by the bittersweet departure of fan favourite Mesut Ӧzil.
Players such as Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira and Sead Kolasinac are starting to look less and less likely to make another appearance in an Arsenal shirt. Meaning the Gunners should have plenty of funds to invest when the transfer window opens again.
Fans are currently screaming at the Arsenal boss to make Martin Ødegaard’s loan spell permanent, with Leon midfielder Houssem Aouar also an option to solve the Gunner’s creativity problems, which has been their downfall all season.
With William Saliba and Konstantinos Mavropanos coming back from their respective loan spells at the end of the season, Mikel Arteta is well and truly spoiled for choice as far as centre-backs go. No doubt there will still be competition for spots as Rob Holding is keen to cement his place in the back line, with Pablo Marí also wanting to stake his claim in the starting 11.
As far as David Luiz goes, an extension to his contract is almost inevitable with a possible player-coach role on the cards. It would be a real shame for the Brazillian to be cut loose from the club, after his best season in a red and white jersey.