David Luiz is said to be about to sign a new deal to remain at Arsenal and extend his stay in north London.
News recently came to light that the Brazil international had only signed a one-year contract with the Gunners following his switch from London neighbours Chelsea and that there were fears they could lose the experienced defender.
However, all the places were you can get the latest Arsenal news live are all suggesting that he is ready to put pen-to-paper and remain at Mikel Arteta’s outfit for the foreseeable future.
That’s according to Benfica chief, Luis Filipe Vieira, anyway. Telling Portuguese press, and relayed in the British media, Vieira revealed that Benfica would not be in a position to take their former star back as well as stating that the defender was preparing to sign a new deal with the Gunners.
“He was in the car with his agent, preparing to renew his contract with Arsenal,” he said. “He is someone who loves Benfica, but there is something else he is: he is a great professional and has to earn money. What he earns is unthinkable for Benfica to pay.”
Although it is always reasonable to take the latest rumours and hearsay with a pinch of salt, this news could be construed as something rather positive for the north London outfit.
Luiz might be known for having momentary lapses in judgement and concentration, as he has the odd brain-fart at times, however there is no doubt that he has managed to help transform the defence into one that leaks fewer goals than it has done previously.
According to data analysis website, WhoScored, the experienced 33-year-old does not appear to have the best all-around defensive figures, but it is arguable that he brings so much more to the pitch that is not always recognised.
The Brazilian’s average of one tackle per game, one interception and four clearances every 90 minutes across 25 Premier League appearances do not make for attractive reading, however there are not many other defenders in the current Arsenal squad that are able to boast figures that are much better.
Luiz also brings some experience and leadership qualities to The Gunners squad, which are hugely beneficial considering Arteta’s side is rather young and perhaps does not have all the necessary knowledge required to help compete each and every week.
Whether the news that he is preparing to sign a new deal to remain at the Emirates Stadium for a little longer is true and is something that comes to fruition remains to be seen, however Arsenal would be wise to ensure they do their very best to make sure it does. Otherwise, despite the pending arrival of William Saliba, Arteta and the Gunners could have a problem trying to replace him with the current global pandemic likely to play havoc with the transfer market.