£100,000-a-week Arsenal defender makes decision over his future

David Luiz has informed the London giants he will leave the Emirates Stadium at the end of the campaign following negotiations with the Gunners. Brazil international joined Arsenal in the summer of 2019 from Chelsea after he fell out with Frank Lampard and was deemed surplus to requirements by his former teammate.

David endured a difficult first campaign with the Gunners and looked certain to be heading for the exit door after an error-strewn display with Man City culminated in a red card. The Spaniard, however, launched a staunch defence of Luiz and his faith was rewarded with several colossal performances en route to a memorable FA Cup triumph.

The 34-year-old centre-back and Gunners subsequently opted to trigger a 12-month extension clause and the former Benfica defender has arguably been his side’s most consistent centre-back this term. Injuries, however, have prevented the Brazilian defender from playing a full role during the decisive period of the season.

David underwent minor knee surgery last month which ruled him out of action for six weeks, before suffering a hamstring strain in his comeback game with Newcastle which prevented him from playing in the UEL semi-final second leg with Villarreal.

Despite his injury problems, the Spanish manager had been keen to retain the services of his most experienced defender but Luiz has notified the club he does not want to extend his stay at Arsenal and will seek a fresh challenge in the summer.

Gunners still boast a wealth of options in back-line with the likes of Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari and Gabriel having featured prominently this campaign.