Mikel Arteta has revealed his wish for experienced defender David Luiz to remain at the club. The former Chelsea defender is out of contract at the end of the season and there are reports that he could move to another club.
The Brazilian international joined in the summer from rivals Chelsea and has become a stable presence in the defence. Arteta appears to be on-board with the defender and hopes that he remains part of the team ahead of next season.
Speaking to reporters the former Arsenal midfielder said that he was happy with the presence of the defender. He said he would understand the decision of the veteran, but he wishes he stays with the club.
Luiz is thought to be in talks with the capital club regarding a new deal and there are growing indications that he will commit to a new deal. It is reported that a one-year deal is in place for the Brazilian, but it is understood that the player is holding out for a two-year deal. Arsenal are not prepared to meet the demand if the player and the two parties have failed to reach a compromise. But Arteta believes soon enough there would be a final solution to the loggerhead.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are also monitoring Anel Ahmedhodzic. The young defender is currently with Malmo and he is attracting interest from top clubs across Europe. The Sweden international is also a subject of interest from clubs in Germany. Werder Bremen and Bayern Leverkusen are also interested in the player.