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Why did Arsenal give David Luiz a new contract after his Etihad nightmare?

Just three weeks ago the David Luiz put in one of his worst performances in the Premier League at the Etihad with many saying it would be his last game in England.

He gifted Man City a goal, gave away a penalty and was sent off within 25 minutes of being brought off the bench.

So how is it the curly-haired defender has put pen to paper on a new one-year contract just weeks after such a horror show?

Fancy another year, David?

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Fancy another year, David?

Well, for a start we need to look at the options Mikel Arteta has at his disposal in defence.

Or more accurately, his lack of options.

Shkodran Mustafi is ridiculed in equal measures to Luiz and has played 11 out of the last 12 Premier League games after being neglected by Unai Emery.

Then there is the promising but inexperienced Rob Holding, who has been in and out of the side all year.

Arsenal also have Sokratis, who’s fallen out of favour under Arteta and hasn’t played since January in the League.

The Gunners signed Pablo Mari on loan in Januray to bolster their defence but he has only made one Premier League start since his move to Arsenal.

So in essence, it doesn’t feel like Arteta has many better options than Luiz.

Not exactly Ferdinand and Vidic

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Not exactly Ferdinand and Vidic

While most clubs would let their dead wood go, Arsenal do not have the financial muscle to replace their number 23 this season.

Despite his long list of floors, he is a Premier League winner and he is an experienced head surrounded by much younger teammates.

The north London side are crying out for a Virgil van Dijk type of signing but with the pursestrings being held tight, that kind of player won’t be making his way to the Emirates anytime soon.

Whether Arsenal genuinely believe Luiz could be the man to transform their defence remains to be seen.

Anyone with over 50 caps for Brazil has to be pretty decent. Right?

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Anyone with over 50 caps for Brazil has to be pretty decent. Right?

Arsenal knew the player they signed last year and the reputation that followed him.

Gary Neville famously described his style of play being similar to a kid playing PlayStation back in 2012.

Following his move to PSG, which made him the most expensive defender in the world at the time, people really started to jump on the anti-Luiz bandwagon.

He seemed a liability and was played in midfield at times to cover for his erratic style both at Chelsea and occasionally for PSG.

Antonio Conte was the first and only manager to really get the best out of the barnstorming Brazilian.

The David Luiz Arsenal thought they’d signed

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The David Luiz Arsenal thought they’d signed

Three years ago David Luiz was on his way back to Brazil with a Premier League medal hanging around his neck.

He was in the PFA Team of the Season and had gone from a ‘PlayStation defender’ to Conte’s rock at the back.

Luiz had proved the countless doubters wrong and, as the anchor in a back three, looked like he’d found his forever home at Stamford Bridge.

That rare run of form faded in Conte’s second season and, despite winning the Europa League last season, Luiz was back under the spotlight during Maurizio Sarri’s single season at the helm.

Frank Lampard wasted no time in offloading the Brazilian to Chelsea’s London rivals – much to the joy of many Blues fans.

Alexa, define ‘rock bottom’

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Alexa, define ‘rock bottom’

It seems highly unlikely David Luiz can come good for Arsenal like he did in the 2016/17 season for Chelsea.

Now 33 years old, his best days are certainly behind him making Arsenal’s decision to hang on to him seem all the more strange.

It doesn’t bode well for Arsenal’s transfer window but for all those who like the occasional 40 yard free kick and red card in equal measures, strap in.

There’s one more year of chaos coming your way.