Kia Joorabchian, the agent of David Luiz, says that the Brazilian wants to stay at Arsenal and that the club have shown an interest in making that happen.
His comments come in the wake of a disastrous performance by the 33 year old, whose errors led to two Man City goals in the 3-0 defeat at the Etihad last night – as well as his second sending off the season, leaving the Gunners with ten men.
That was followed by a bizarre interview in which Luiz accepted the blame, but suggested uncertainty over his contractual situation played a part.
Speaking to TalkSport, Joorabchian said, “What I can tell you, is that the situation from Arsenal’s point of view will be resolved this week.
“And it’s not just Luiz’s situation, I think there are several issues within the whole structure that will get resolved.
“The 23rd of June is the deadline for most of the clubs to renew their contracts so that they can finish the season off and beyond.
“So, irrespective of any situation by the 23rd everyone’s situation should be resolved.”
Pressed on whether the former Chelsea man wanted to stay, he continued, “Yes. He said he did,” while saying “Absolutely!”, to the idea of Arsenal being willing to offer him an extension to his current deal.
In the very short term, Arsenal are light on centre-halves with Sokratis injured, and a fully fit Rob Holding not even in the squad. Calum Chambers is out long-term, while Luiz himself is suspended for the next two matches.
In this context the case for keeping Luiz until the end of this season could easily be made, but based on what we’ve seen from him throughout his time in North London, it’s much more difficult to convince people another year would be in our interests.
Joorabchian also dished out a fine line in not making excuses while seeking to make excuses about his client’s errors last night.
“You’re playing one of the best teams in England and Arsenal’s lack of shots on goals, their lack of control of the game would have put pressure on the defence,” he said.
“With no excuse whatsoever, David wanted to have a different sort of game.”