Arsenal 6 ft 4 defender could depart from the club this summer

Arsenal will reportedly ask David Luiz to take a pay cut if he wants to extend his stay at the north London club into a third campaign.

The experienced Brazilian defender remains an influential figure in the Gunners dressing room and, despite the abundance of variants available to Mikel Arteta, had been one of the first names on his team sheet before Luiz suffered a potentially season-ending knee injury last week.

The club remain hopeful that the 33-year-old will play again this term but should he want to remain beyond the end of the term he will have to pen a contract on reduced terms, according to The Sun.

The former Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea star came close to walking away from Arsenal 12 months ago but, having been given the unequivocal backing of his boss, signed a year-long extension.

Speaking about David’s situation, Mikel insisted he was capable of playing well into his late thirties, as long as the Brazilian maintains the level of desire he has shown over the course of a testing season.

The Spaniard said: ‘David has played an insane amount of games in the last two months and at his age it shows a lot of credit and desire from his side.

‘His performances have been really strong and you can have some really good example of defenders that have played until 37 or 38.

‘It depends first of all on being injury-free, and then on the ambition, eagerness and professionalism of the player.

‘If you have those ingredients as a defender, I think you can get away with a little bit more.’