Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has waxed lyrical about David Luiz, describing the Gunners centre-back as an “extremely positive” influence in the dressing room.
The Brazilian was an £8million signing from Chelsea in the summer of 2019, replacing then Arsenal club captain Laurent Koscielny, who joined Bordeaux the previous day.
Luiz was then handed an extra 12 months on his deal last year after impressing Arteta with the impact he had on the younger members of the squad.
The 33-year-old will be a free agent in the summer and, according to football.london, Edu has yet to hold talks with Luiz’s camp over his future.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League meeting with Burnley, Arteta confirmed that discussions will take place at the end of the season.
When asked by football.london about Luiz’s positive influence over the past few weeks, the manager replied: “He is. Extremely positive.
“The professional he is, how he looks after himself, but also how he looks after his teammates.
“He’s always willing to help, he’s always really positive around it. He’s got huge experience of how to win things, but as well how to manage difficult moments and you need that.
“And then he gives a lot of composure to the team both with and without the ball. He’s a presence, he’s a leader and someone that is playing really well at the moment.
“What I want is that he keeps playing like that until the end of the season and we’ll make that decision together.”
Luiz has split opinion during much of his time at Arsenal but there’s no denying his leadership and experience have been beneficial for the Gunners on and off the pitch.
Another contract extension for the £100,000-a-week defender wouldn’t be a bad thing by any means.
Aside from retaining the above traits – Luiz could provide guidance for the likes of William Saliba and Dinos Mavropanos – Arsenal would also save money that would otherwise have to be spent on a replacement.