Arsenal could offer another new contract to defender David Luiz at the request of manager Mikel Arteta, it is claimed.
Luiz joined Arsenal from London rivals Chelsea in 2019. Despite mixed performances in his first season, he earned a contract extension for another year.
With the club’s general policy being to only offer one-year deals to players over 30, they will have to make another decision about the Brazilian this summer.
Luiz’s contract expires at the end of this season, but the Independent claim Arsenal could get him to sign up for another year.
It is claimed that Arteta values Luiz’s experience in defence and wants to reward him with a new deal. The 33-year-old has started 12 Premier League games this season and remains important for his manager.
Arteta knows the majority of his squad is youthful. Therefore, he wants an experienced figure to provide balance and be a leader.
That’s a role he believes Luiz has fulfilled well over the past 18 months or so. With that in mind, he wants to have the defender available for at least another year.
The report claims that many at the club share Arteta’s opinion that Luiz is an important figure in the dressing room. Hence, there is a desire to see him stay.
Luiz’s own stance on his future is not yet clear. He has made more than 60 appearances for Arsenal so far.
Luiz wants more trophies with Arsenal
A league title winner in two different countries, Luiz has two medals from his time with Arsenal after winning the FA Cup and Community Shield last summer.
Winning the league with the Gunners seems extremely unlikely, but the centre-back recently revealed he is still aiming to do so.
“Now it’s about fighting for the two titles that are still on,” Luiz told ESPN Brasil earlier this month.
“Of course, the Premier League has this very distant gap. It’s impossible? No. But knowing our reality. Knowing that we are in a much more difficult reality than the teams that are up there.
“But also knowing that we play in the most disputed, most difficult league in the world, where 10 points suddenly in a month become one, two or zero. Anything can happen.”