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LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 14: David Luiz of Arsenal wins a header over Patrick Bamford of Leeds United during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on February 14, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Adam Davy – Pool/Getty Images)
Arsenal haven’t held any discussions with David Luiz over a new contract just yet, despite reports to the contrary in recent days.
That’s according to Chris Wheatley of Football.London, who writes that there have been ‘no discussions’ between Arsenal and David Luiz over a new deal. Talks are likely to reopen only at the end of the season, and the player’s future remains unclear.
At the weekend, a report from The Independent suggested Luiz was set for a contract extension, with Mikel Arteta keen to keep him. You can read more about that below.
It’s possible there’s some truth on both sides. Perhaps Arteta really is pushing to keep the defender, but they aren’t planning to make any firm decisions until the summer.
Luiz is up to 20 appearances for the season so far, despite increased levels of competition through the permanent arrivals of Pablo Mari and Gabriel Magalhaes, as well as the resurgence of Rob Holding and the injury comeback of Calum Chambers.
The 33-year-old was clearly deemed a better option than Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who were pushed out on permanent deals in January.
It certainly doesn’t seem impossible Arsenal plan to keep him for another year, but it seems we shouldn’t expect any rapid progress on a deal in the coming weeks.
David Luiz’s new contract is reportedly back on after the defender apparently impressed Mikel Arteta in a story that was clearly written before the defender lost possession 21 times against Leeds.
A new David Luiz contract is coming.
Sometimes, timing is everything and it can make or break an announcement, however despite losing the ball an impressive 21 times against Leeds as Arsenal won 4-2, I don’t think a David Luiz masterclass would have seen Arsenal fans respond any better to the news that a David Luiz is set to stay for another year.
So say the Independent, who published their story so quickly after the final whistle they obviously had it ready before the match.