Arteta hints on why David Luiz isn’t leaving Arsenal anytime soon
Arsenal boss has been full of praise for Brazilian international, David Luiz which gives and hint that he would not be leaving the club anytime soon.
Owing to his age and his level at the moment, it was expected that the former Chelsea defender would be signing out of the Emirates Stadium in the summer but it doesn’t look like it.
The fact that the North London outfit now boast of younger defenders, including Gabriel Magalhaes, Rob Holdings and on loan William Saliba, makes pundits speculate a shorter spell for Luiz, rather, Mikel Arteta has showered praise on him as a role model to the younger ones.
Also, David Luiz has been described as a liability, a blundering Brazilian prone to game-changing errors, Mikel Arteta has some sweet words for him.
“They listen to him because of who he is and what he has done in the game,” Arteta said. “But also because of how he behaves every day, how professional he is and how he goes about the job. He is one of the key role models.”
Even at this age he is always looking at his games and clips, all the time asking questions. When that happens you can still improve as a player and I think that’s why he is performing the way he is.
“He is a really honest man with himself. He has won everything and it is a joy to work with him.”
There have been no formal discussions over a new contract yet, although Arteta says they are in a “good position” as they talk “all the time about this kind of thing”.
He added that “This season has been really tough in the beginning because he’s been through some injuries but he’s kept at it, he understood his role, he knows his role in the team, he’s one of our leaders and he’s so willing to keep improving”
Asked if he spoke to Luiz about an extension, Arteta replied: ‘No, there are still a few months to go on that. I all the time talk to him about this kind of thing so we’re in a good position.
He showed his character first of all with the decision he made to join the club when he was with a club where he was winning trophies and he was still comfortable and under contract.
“And he wanted a challenge. And at that age it tells you everything because normally at that age the challenge is not sporting but more a financial decision that you take to go to a different country.”