William Saliba’s role in Arsenal’s decision to offer David Luiz a new deal

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William Saliba played a pivotal role in Arsenal’s decision to offer David Luiz a new contract.

Many expected the Brazil international to leave when his current deal came to and end this summer.

But he will now play for another season after his terms were extended by a year.

It comes after Mikel Arteta and club chief Edu made his signature a priority.

The Gunners are likely to cut costs this summer amid the coronavirus crisis.

Their transfer budget has taken a hit but keeping hold of Luiz was high on Arteta’s list – despite some shoddy performances of late, including a horrorshow vs Manchester City.

However, Arteta believes his experience of playing in title-winning squads is essential.

Furthermore, the Spaniard is building a team of youngsters but wants someone with trophy-winning experience to help bring them through, according to the Telegraph.

The ex-City coach also has plans to pair up Luiz with Saliba – who will join up with Arsenal at the end of the season.

The Frenchman has had a fine season with Saint-Etienne after being allowed to continue his development in Ligue 1.

Saliba signed a deal with Arsenal last summer and big things are expected of the 19-year-old.

The youngster has been earmarked as France’s biggest hope in defence going into the near future.

And his arrival is hoped to fixed a problematic area for Arsenal over the years.

But Arteta wants to partner him up with the more-experienced Luiz, to help him get to terms with the Premier League, according to the Telegraph.

Luiz also reportedly took a pay cut on his £120,000-a-week wages to help smooth finances over.

With the salvaged cash, Arsenal were able to offer deals to Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari, who had both been on loan.

The future of remaining centre-backs Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis and Rob Holding remains in the balance.

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