Arsenal unlikely to offer new contract to David Luiz with exit looming

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Mikel Arteta has plenty of options in central defence (Picture: Getty Images)

David Luiz is unlikely to still be at Arsenal next season, with his contract expiring at the end of this campaign and no new deal in the works.

The 33-year-old has been in-and-out of the Gunners side this season, starting 16 Premier League matches but struggling to maintain form and fitness.

Arsenal are well stocked at centre-back with Gabriel, Pablo Mari, Rob Holding and Calum Chambers also available to Mikel Arteta this season.

£28m signing William Saliba is currently out on loan at Nice and is set to return and compete for next season, while Dinos Mavropanos is on loan at Stuttgart and will also be hoping to have a future in north London.

Given the wide range of options available to Arteta, a new contract for Luiz is looking less and less likely and Arsenal fans should not expect to see him at the Emirates next season, reports Football.London.

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David Luiz is not likely to be at Arsenal much longer (Picture: Getty Images)

This is despite Arteta describing Luiz as a ‘role model’ in the squad and praised his work ethic in training and around the club.

‘It’s credit to him because he trains really hard,’ Arteta said of Luiz’s performances in January.

‘This season has been really tough in the beginning because he’s been through some injuries but he’s kept at it, he understood his role, he knows his role in the team, he’s one of our leaders and he’s so willing to keep improving.

‘He knows the things that he’s really good at and the things where there is still room for improvement. He’s a really honest man with himself. He’s won everything and it’s a joy to work with him.

‘He’s a great example for them (the youngsters). He’s got a good mixture with them between some banter and then some stick.

‘They all listen to him because of who he is and what he’s done in the game. But also because how he behaves every day, how professional he is and how he goes about the job. He is one of the key role models that we have in our team.’

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