According to various reports, David Luiz will leave Arsenal when his current deal ends in June.
Recruited courtesy of Edu’s close links with agent Kia Joorabchian, the ex-Chelsea defender was a panic purchase after former captain Laurent Koscielny forced a move back to France in the closing stages of the 2019 summer transfer window.
Given his reputation for erratic performances, we expected a roller coaster ride and he didn’t disappoint. There were good games, bad games, red cards, conceded penalties, a few goals (none free-kicks) and an FA Cup triumph secured at the expense of his former club. In total, he’s played 73 games for the Gunners.
David Luiz leaving Arsenal at end of season. 34yo told club today + they agreed. #AFC had not offered new deal & even if they did the Brazil int’l defender wouldn’t have signed as decision had been made to go @TheAthleticUK @SamiMokbel81_DM 1st off mark 👏 https://t.co/W00EY5VOlS
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) May 14, 2021
This season, fitness problems have really hampered him and there’s a fairly high chance we won’t see him in Gunners colours again given he’s sidelined by a hamstring injury which he picked up on his return from a minor knee procedure.
Luiz took a pay cut last summer to stick around for a second season but despite his experience and apparent popularity in the dressing room, it appears both parties have decided the 34-year-old’s future lies elsewhere. Given our parlous financial situation, it’s not a huge surprise.
Arsenal are expected to recall William Saliba from Nice this summer as a replacement.
Confirmation of the decision isn’t likely to come until after the final game of the season. All the same, we wish David all the best for the future.