Arsenal transfer manager Edu comments on David Luiz’s position at the club


Arsenal’s technical director Edu believes David Luiz’s influence at the club is important and that he “can really help” his team-mates in Mikel Arteta’s side. The Brazilian only joined Chelsea last year, but there were claims that he could already be set to leave this summer that the Gunners had not decided to take the option of a second year on his contract.

Luiz himself has been quoted as claiming he would be happy with a return to his former club Benfica, but he now looks set to stay after declaring he was happy to run for the Gunners for another year.

Edu discussed Luiz and fellow Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli during a conversation with his former Gunners team-mate Gilberto Silva for the Arsenal venue.

Edu says Luiz has an important role in the team

“We are happy with both. “David is more experienced and more used to the league,” he said.

“‘is a guy who can really help day-to-day on and off the field, like he did.

“I knew him well because I came with him to the national team when I was coordinator and it went very well.

“Where we help each other. You know it’s important to feel that support and be happy on a daily basis at the club. It’s an amazing club with fantastic principles. They must also be proud to be where they are; that helps too.

Luiz has been linked to an exit

Edu then discussed Martinelli further.

“Martinelli has a great future ahead of him,” he said.

“‘is a Brazilian with very interesting prospects because it’s not easy to start like he did. We know not, don’t we, Gigi?

“The way he started to stand out isn’t easy, is it?”


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