TalkSPORT presenter Laura Woods has laid into Arsenal over their determination at hand David Luiz a brand new one-year contract.
The Gunners confirmed that the Brazilian defender, 33, had been handed a brand new one-year deal on Wednesday morning.
Luiz, signed from Chelsea for £8million, solely penned a one-year contract with a yr’s possibility when arriving final summer time.
With brokers’ charges and his wage, the overall bundle throughout the present marketing campaign has been a whopping £24million.
As such, the membership didn’t need to choose up his possibility, which might have seen him develop into a free agent subsequent week, in a position to stroll away on a free switch.
He produced a dismal show at Manchester City final week, the place his mistake allowed City to open the scoring, earlier than he gave away a penalty and was despatched off – all within the house of 25 minutes.
So dangerous was his efficiency on the Etihad, Jamie Carragher proclaimed: “I don’t think we’ll ever see him in the Premier League ever again.”
But instead he has now been handed a new one-year deal on slightly reduced terms.
After signing his new deal, Arsenal technical director Edu – who shares an agent, Kia Joorabchain, with his compatriot – 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 crew on and off the pitch. He helps everybody.”
However, Woods has questioned the rationale behind the error-prone defender re-signing, and requested whether or not Mikel Arteta had any alternative within the matter.
“There are lots of problems with Arsenal at the moment,” requested Woods on Wednesday morning.
‘But in terms of what can be controlled – Mikel Arteta, really, did he have any other option than to sign David Luiz and keep him in the team?
“I really hate the bandwagon culture you get when players make mistakes – it’s occurred with [Shkodran] Mustafi, it’s occurring with Luiz – however you may’t argue with stats.
“As Arsenal fans we sit there and watch reckless mistakes in games that cost points.”
“Mikel Arteta must see something in David Luiz. I don’t know a single Arsenal fan that would back that decision, especially after the article that he was on £10million and cost the club far more than expected”.
After serving his suspension in the course of the weekend loss at Brighton, Luiz can return to the Gunners lineup towards Southampton on Thursday night.
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