On June 24, Arsenal confirmed the extension of David Luiz (33) ‘s contract for an additional season. Despite the multiple dumplings of the Brazilian central defender which sometimes cost the Gunners dear this season (like his latest blunders on the lawn of Manchester City) or his many red cards (4), the international auriverde is now linked to the London club until June 2021. In addition to his irregular or even disappointing performance at times, the big salary of the former PSG player (around 132,000 euros per week) is also at the heart of debates among Arsenal supporters who wonder about it.
But according to information from Telegraph, David Luiz was able to extend his lease with the Rouge et Blancs because he accepted a significant drop in salary. An honorable gesture that should relieve the finances of Arsenal, impacted like everyone else by the coronavirus crisis. Especially since the Gunners may not receive the money from a European Cup next season when they point to 9th place in the Premier League ranking. The British daily said the extension of Luiz was also important to Mikel Arteta, the coach, as well as Edu, the technical director, who consider the Brazilian as an experienced leader, both on and off the ground. Will this news succeed in convincing Arsenal fans to give the ex-Chelsea a second chance, who arrived at the Emirates Stadium last summer in exchange for € 8.7 million?