‘Luiz deal will see Arsenal fans lose faith’ – Arteta warned off contract extension by Groves


Mikel Arteta has been warned by Arsenal cult hero Perry Groves that handing a contract extension to David Luiz will see him come under unnecessary pressure as supporters start to “lose faith”.

As things stand, an experienced Brazilian defender is due to drop into the free agent pool this summer.

When crossing London from Chelsea in the summer of 2019, the South American centre-half only committed to a 12-month deal.

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That agreement does include a clause that the Gunners can trigger to keep Luiz on their books for another season.

Those at Emirates Stadium are currently mulling over whether or not to take up that option.

Groves feels there is an easy decision to make, with Luiz having returned to Premier League action off the bench against Manchester City with a costly, error-strewn performance.

The South American made a mess of trying to clear his lines in that contest as Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock, before then conceding a penalty and being shown a red card.

Arteta is now being urged to move on quickly from Arsenal’s experiment with Luiz and keep fans onside by allowing an enigmatic figure to head through the exits.

“He’s 33 now and keeps making the same mistakes,” former Gunners midfielder Groves told talkSPORT.

“He can play one brilliant game in six where you think what a player he is, pinging it 60, 70 yards, getting in front of the centre-forward and nicking it.

“But then another three or four of those games, he’ll make a ricket or he won’t concentrate.

“If Arteta signs David Luiz, Arteta will come under pressure from Arsenal fans.

“They will lose faith in Arteta because it’s blatantly obvious that he [Luiz] is always going to cause you problems.

“Arteta wants to play a back four, he wants to play a high line, he wants to play a pressing game and David Luiz can’t do that.”

Luiz, who arrived in north London claiming that he could help to get Arsenal back on the trophy trail, has taken in 33 appearances across all competitions this season.

It may be that he is not seen again in 2019-20, with a suspension now set to be served before potentially moving on to pastures new.

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