While many thought he would be shipped away once the season is completed, Brazilian defender David Luiz has been ‘rewarded’ with a new one-year contract with Arsenal.
Arsenal confirmed the new deal for Luiz and three others in an official statement on their website on Wednesday.
Luiz attracted heavy criticism for a disastrous cameo against Manchester City in Arsenal’s first game of the restart, replacing the injured Pablo Mari after 24 minutes only to gift the hosts the lead moments later, and then give away a penalty and receive a red card shortly after half-time in the 3-0 defeat.
Despite these fatalities from Luiz, Technical director Edu who is also a Brazilian said: “David is a really important player for us. He has played most of our matches this season and has been important for the team. His passing, his communication with the team on and off the pitch. He helps everyone. “
While Edu is waxing lyrically about his countryman, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher was scathing after Luiz’s display against Man City, saying the Brazilian should not be brought back into Arsenal’s line up under any circumstances.