Arsenal’s defender David Luiz and the north London club have agreed to part ways at the end of the 2020-2021 season. The two parties had a meeting on Friday, May 14, where they agreed that when the contract of the veteran defender ends this summer, the 34-year-old Brazilian defender is free to join another club.
David Luiz has been at Arsenal since August 8, 2019, after he decided to leave the club’s rival, Chelsea to join the Gunners for a transfer fee worth €8.70 million.
Since he joined Arsenal, the Brazilian has been one of the most important players at the club. He coped quite well under coach Unai Emery. When Mikel Arteta replaced Emery, the Brazilian defender fitted perfectly into Arteta’s game.
However, his age is suspected to have affected his game at Arsenal due to the number of errors he has committed that led to goals during games at the club.
Besides that, most fans of the club have criticized him severely for his off-the-ball decisions which have earned him a couple of yellow and red cards.
For instance, so far this season, the 34-year-old defender who has played for Benfica and Paris Saint Germain, has received a yellow card and a red card in the Premier League. He earned these cards in just 20 Premier League games.
His inconsistency and suspensions have made him a second fiddle in the current setup of coach Mikel Arteta’s team. However, David Luiz is regarded as one of the club’s leaders, especially in the locker room.
Despite some of the negative comments that are always directed to him, the 34-year-old Brazilian defender is always praised for being among Arsenal’s squad that won the 2019-2020 FA Cup for the club.
Before David Luiz joined Arsenal, he has won one Premier League, two FA Cup, one Champions League, and two Europa League titles with Chelsea. He has also won two Ligue 1, one Coupe de la Ligue, and two Trophée des Champions with PSG.
At the time of publishing this report, a Turkish side, Fenerbahce, have reportedly shown interest in the 34-year-old defender. Fenerbahce were the same club that signed Mesut Ozil last winter when Arsenal discarded him.