Arsenal hero Perry Groves implores Mikel Arteta not to hand David Luiz a new contract

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David Luiz endured a woeful return to Premier League action last week (Picture: Getty Images)

Former Arsenal star Perry Groves feels extending David Luiz’s contract at the club would be a big mistake and has urged Mikel Arteta to let the Brazilian leave at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old arrived at Arsenal from Chelsea last summer and has had, at best, a mixed time in north London.

He was left on the bench for the Premier League return against Manchester City last Wednesday, but was called into action after an injury to Pablo Mari and went on to concede a penalty and be sent off.

The Brazilian has now conceded four penalties in his single season with the Gunners as he continually proves to be a liability in the defence.

His contract at Arsenal was for just 12 months, but the club have the option to extend it for a further season if they want, something that Groves suggests would be a terrible idea.

The 55-year-old, who won two top flight titles with Arsenal, feels handing Luiz an extension would invite pressure and criticism from fans on the manager after the defender has proved he is not to be up to the job.

‘He’s 33 now and keeps making the same mistakes,’ Groves told talkSPORT. ‘He can play one brilliant game in six where you think what a player he is, pinging it 60, 70 yards, getting in front of the centre-forward and nicking it.

‘But then another three or four of those games, he’ll make a rick or he won’t concentrate.

‘If Arteta signs David Luiz, Arteta will come under pressure from Arsenal fans.

‘They will lose faith in Arteta because it’s blatantly obvious that he [Luiz] is always going to cause you problems.

‘Arteta wants to play a back four, he wants to play a high line, he wants to play a pressing game and David Luiz can’t do that.’

After Luiz’s calamitous performance against City, which also saw Luiz make a substantial error to allow Raheem Sterling score the first goal of the game, Arteta defended his man.

‘Me personally, I am going to defend him with everything I have because I believe in him,’ said the Gunners boss.

‘He has shown me a lot of things in his time here and his career speaks for itself.’

Luiz missed Arsenal’s defeat to Brighton on Saturday and will also sit out the trip to Southampton on Thursday through suspension, but will be available again when Norwich visit the Emirates on 1 July.

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