Confirm: Arsenal Star set to leave the club in summer

 Confirm: Arsenal Star set to leave the club in summer


As Luiz prepares to depart, Arteta considers his options.



David Luiz of Arsenal walks off the field after suffering an injury against Newcastle United earlier this month. Photographer: Reuters


Mikel Arteta praised David Luiz as "remarkable" after revealing that months of negotiations led to the defender's decision to leave Arsenal this summer.


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    The 34-year-deal old's expires at the end of the season, and he will leave the Emirates Stadium after two years.

    He is unlikely to play for Arsenal again after sustaining a hamstring injury in the Gunners' recent victory over Newcastle, despite having made 73 appearances in all competitions since joining from rivals Chelsea.

    Arteta lauded Luiz's contributions to the club and indicated that the former Brazil international's playing days were not over.



    “He's a player who has achieved it all in football and has earned the right to do so because of who he is as a player and as a person,” Arteta said.

    “I had the pleasure of working with him for 18 months. It was very enjoyable for me. I believe we got along well. I believe we shared some memorable experiences.

    “He's been really supportive, and he's someone we adore and value greatly.



    “So I thank him and wish him the best of luck in his next chapter because I know David will have many more as a player and in the future in some way connected to the game.”

    When asked if the decision to let Luiz go was mutual, Arteta avoided giving a direct response, saying, "It's after a few conversations that David and I had."

    “We addressed this issue on many occasions, and we reached a final decision on it the other day.


    Confirm: Arsenal Star set to leave the club in summer


    “In the last few months, we have had very straightforward discussions. He has given his all. I tried to support him as much as I could, as did the club."

    It remains to be seen if Arsenal will look to replace Luiz this summer.

    When William Saliba, 20, returns from a loan spell at Nice, one choice is to incorporate him into the first-team squad.



    Saliba joined Arsenal at the age of 18 for a reported £27 million but has yet to make his debut for the club as Arteta seemed unsure of his abilities.

    However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated that the France youth international will be given a chance to impress before a decision is made on his position in the 2021-22 season.


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