Arteta confirms David Luiz departure
Originally, the news had broke through many avenues that David Luiz would be leaving Arsenal this summer when he contract expired.
Ahead of Arsenal’s game with Crystal Palace, Mikel Arteta did confirm the story and praised the Brazilian for his service.
He also explained how the decision was reached, saying that the pair had conversations over the past few months and arrived mutually at the conclusion.
“We had very clear talks in the last few months. We already had a big decision to make last year when we had to extend his contract in a very difficult moment during the COVID world, the pay cuts and everything,” said the Spaniard.
“We managed to extend that for one more season. He’s given his best, I tried to help him as much as I possibly could, and the club did as well. After some conversations, we decided it’s the best way to do it now.
“It’s after a few conversations that we had, David and I. We discussed the situation on different occasions and the other day we made the final decision on it.”
Where Luiz will now end up is unclear. At the age of 34, and having suffered a number of injury issues at the end of the season, he may struggle to find an elite club.
There is always the possibility of a return to Benfica or a move to the MLS.
Breaking: David Luiz will leave Arsenal when his contract expires at the end of the season.
MLS side Inter Miami are in talks over signing the Brazil defender. pic.twitter.com/EY6ihBmEFp
— Arsenal FC News (@ArsenalFC_fl) May 14, 2021
Saliba’s fate to be decided
With Luiz leaving, following Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis who left in January, there is an opening in the defence to be filled.
One man many Arsenal supporters would like to see take the place is William Saliba.
The young Frenchman has spent this second half of the season on loan at Nice since struggling at the club and featuring for the under-23s side.
Arteta was asked whether Saliba would be the man to fill the role but said that decision will be made this summer with nothing decided yet.
“That is a decision we are going to be taking in the summer. He is our player so he will be back here for sure and after that we will make the decision based on the agreement of the role he is going to play in the squad,” he said.
Arteta on whether Saliba will replace Luiz:
“That is a decision we are going to be taking in the summer. He is our player so he will be back here for sure and after that we will make the decision based on the agreement of the role he is going to play in the squad.” pic.twitter.com/ul01y2SP7s
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) May 18, 2021
Arteta also confirmed, rather strangely considering talk of a squad overhaul, that he felt its ‘very likely’ anyone under contract would be here next season.
Arteta on Willian possibly leaving this summer:
“Every player that is under contract is very likely to be here with us next season.” pic.twitter.com/dJKa8luWJK
— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) May 18, 2021
One which is likely to rile many Arsenal supporters hoping for big changes.
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