David Luiz Confirms Talks With Former Club

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Luiz was signed from Chelsea on in August on Transfer Deadline Day for 8 million pounds, replacing Frenchman and club captain Laurent Koscielny, who had made the move to Bordeaux a day before.

Luiz is expected to leave the Gunners this summer once his current deal expires on June 30. His best football, of course, was when he was in a back three at Chelsea when they won the Premier League [in 2016/17].

David Luiz has recently told Benfica TV he'd like to return to the club in the coming years, so his comeback to Estádio da Luz wouldn't be a surprise.

Arteta will look to make Pablo Mari's loan from Flamengo a permanent deal, while he also has Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers at centre-back. Holding's been injured, it's hard to judge him, probably deserves another opportunity. David Luiz reportedly told Portuguese outlet Record.

Arsenal agreed a reduction in wages for players to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, with David Luiz's salary around £120,000 a week.

"Do they now start to be really harsh and make those key decisions? I can't see that being a long-term partnership in the Arsenal defence".

Also, the Gunners now have a string of central defenders at their disposal (including players like Sokratis and Rob Holding) plus their manager might be looking to bring in a few others as well.

He added: "There's an very bad lot of work to be done in there".

With youngster William Saliba arriving from Saint-Etienne this summer, there is perhaps a ready-made replacement arriving but Arsenal could end up lacking the experience that Luiz would bring to the defensive unit. "Never mind if he's world-class, if he was Premier League class it would have been good enough because that was an area of concern".



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