Arsenal centre back David Luiz has signed a new one-year contract at the club.
The deal is part of a string of business completed by Arsenal, with fellow defenders Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares making their loan moves permanent from Flamengo and Southampton respectively.
Luiz was thought to have played his last game for the Gunners in last week’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester City, with the player not expected to be offered fresh terms.
Arsenal’s standpoint has changed however, perhaps due to a depleted defensive department.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta refrained from starting the Brazilian at the Etihad Stadium, but his hand was forced after Pablo Mari’s withdrawal.
It was later revealed Mari had suffered an injury damaging enough to keep him out for the rest of the season.
Arteta’s decision to leave Luiz out of the starting eleven was quickly justified, with the former Chelsea man committing an error leading to a goal, conceding a penalty and being sent off in a disastrous display.
Speaking after the loss last Wednesday, Luiz admirably fronted up to the media, suggesting a contract dispute had been ongoing for 2 months, but that he’d like to stay at the Emirates.
The 2012 Champions League winner hinted that those upstairs at the club were not keen to offer him a new deal, but they have now done a U-turn, likely due to Arteta’s threadbare back line.
Cedric Soares is yet to make his debut for the club due to injury, but he will remain at the Emirates permanently, and Pablo Mari is said to have signed a long-term deal at the club.
Midfielder Dani Ceballos, on loan from Real Madrid, has also committed himself to Arsenal until the end of the season.