Mikel Arteta is feeling "sad" at the prospect of losing David Luiz, who will leave Arsenal at the end of June after two seasons. The 33-year-old has agreed to leave when his contract expires, marking the first step in which Arsenal's extensive roster is expected to be overhauled.
Arteta claimed the decision to leave the company was mutual, with David Luiz, one of the club's top earners, who signed a season extension last June. “We've had very clear conversations over the last few months,” the manager said.
“Last year we already made a big decision in the Covid world when we had to extend his contract salary cuts and everything.
“We were able to extend it for another season. He did his best: I tried to help him as best I could, and the club did too. After some discussion, we decided this was the best way to do it now. ”
Mixed magic since David Luiz joined from 73 Chelsea. Arteta has brilliantly spoken of the impact the Brazilian has had in the past, and he believes his presence will be overlooked. “I really enjoyed learning from him,” she said. “He's been very helpful to the team every time and I'm sad because you get emotionally attached to the players.
“First, the player we need to get the maximum benefit from, then that person. When it gets to these stages, it's hard and it hurts because this relationship is going to end now, at least not by not seeing it every day. ”
There are doubts about some others. senior players. Asked about Willian, who has been linked to a move after a disappointing season since his arrival from Stamford Bridge, Arteta said: "It's very likely that every player on contract will be with us next season."
He made a similar note about Bernd Leno, who recently spoke to German media, but has shown no appetite to extend his contract beyond 2023. That he is in no hurry to go. “He has two years here and he belongs here,” Arteta said.
Arsenal visited Crystal Palace on Wednesday and are looking for a win to keep their hopes of joining Europe, most likely the new Conference League, alive. at least. They are unsure whether David Luiz will return from a hamstring injury at Selhurst Park or in the final against Brighton on Sunday, so he may have played his last game for the club.