Arsenal’s David Luiz contract decision slammed with Chelsea, Man City claim
Arsenal have been slammed for the decision to give David Luiz a new contract after his horror show against Manchester City. Former Chelsea player Craig Burley compared the decision to when City kept Vincent Kompany at the club and the Blues kept John Terry at Stamford Bridge after each had gone into the twilight of their careers.
Gunners chiefs stunned fans this week by confirming Luiz had signed an extension to his contract.
The Brazilian was set to leave the club on June 30, and many fans appeared to be willing to see him go after his nightmare display at the Etihad.
Luiz was sent off after giving away a penalty and making a mistake leading to City’s opener.
However, Arsenal officials decided to extend his contract for an extra year, an unpopular move with sections of the club’s fanbase.
And Burley tore into the decision on ESPN FC, questioning why they decided to extend his deal when he’s failed to perform.
He compared the situation to when Terry was given a new contract at Chelsea despite being in decline, and referenced Kompany’s tenure at the Etihad.
Terry was handed a one-year deal in 2016 despite Chelsea having other younger options in the squad, and was a pivotal figure in the dressing room for the Blues.
Burley explained that in those two situations, the players in question were kept at the club due to their roles in the dressing room and their connections to each club.
But he claimed that Luiz wouldn’t have the same impact on Mikel Arteta’s side, and would go on to make mistakes next season.
Burley said: “It’s a bit like Chelsea keeping John Terry around towards the end just because he knew the club inside and out.
“He’d been the backbone of that club for 10-15 years, or more.
“It’s also a bit like Man City with Vincent Kompany, who was coming towards the end but they kept him there.
“He wasn’t always playing because he had injuries but when he was fit he was playing, he was leading from the front, captain on and off the field and respected in the dressing room.
“Even when he was injured he was a big part of that dressing room.
“To that point, this is none of those, this is a last-minute signing a year or so ago from a player who has made mistakes – continues to make mistakes, and they’ve signed him again.
“It’s just another one of Arsenal’s poor decisions in their strategy.”