David Luiz to leave Arsenal this summer after snubbing contract talks

David Luiz will leave Arsenal on a free transfer this summer after 'rejecting' final talks with the club ahead of the expiration of his contract in July.

The veteran Brazil defender joined the Gunners from Chelsea back in August of 2019, having moved back to Stamford Bridge following two seasons in France with PSG.

The 34-year-old has played a key role under Mikel Arteta since the Spaniard replaced Unai Emery, but might've now played for the club for the final time with his current deal nearly up.

It has been reported that the central defender has now informed Arsenal of his desire to find a new challenge, despite them being keen to extend his stay.

The Mail reported on Friday that Luiz, who cost the club £8million in a surprise move from London neighbours Chelsea, rejected final attempts to add an extension to his deal.

The former Benfica defender leaves with an FA Cup winners medal following their victory over the Blues at Wembley last season, but that was followed by a torrid Premier League campaign this time out.

Arsenal sit ninth in the table despite their win over Chelsea earlier this week, having been knocked out of the Europa League semi-finals by Villarreal last Thursday.

Arteta said of his player 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."

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