Mikel Arteta says he’s eager to extend David Luiz’s contract at Arsenal in the clearest indication yet that the Brazil international will sign new terms at the Emirates.
Towards the tail-end of May, it was revealed that the 33-year-old had only penned a one-year deal when he signed from Chelsea last summer.
When it came to light that the Gunners had failed to trigger a clause to extend his deal for a further 12 months it sounded like the defender might leave this summer. Kia Joorabchian, his agent, was quick to play that down and it’s believed an agreement is close to being reached.
Asked about the Luiz situation ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Manchester City, the boss said:
“I’m really happy with David, I want to keep him here with us. He’s been a key role model for me since I joined.
“I like what he produces on the pitch, I like his influence around the players and around the club. I would love to keep him.”
Given Arsenal have William Saliba returning from his loan at St Etienne, it’s likely we’ll be trying to shift at least one centre-back this summer.
Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi appear to be the prime candidates with both set to enter the final year of their respective deals. We also have Rob Holding and the injured Calum Chambers on the books and seem committed to a permanent deal for Pablo Mari.