Arteta pays tribute to ‘remarkable’ Luiz ahead of summer exit

The Brazilian, who signed a one-year extension ahead of the current campaign, held meetings with Arteta and the club hierarchy in recent weeks before a final decision was made on Friday.

Arteta has hailed the former Chelsea and PSG man and said he has learnt a lot from the defender during their time together in north London.

“He’s a player who has won everything in football and has earned every right to do so through who he is as a player and as a person,” said Arteta.

“I had the privilege to work with him for 18 months. I really enjoyed it. I think we got on really good. I think we had some great moments together.

“He’s been really helpful, someone who we really like and appreciate so much.

“So I say thank you to him and wish him the best of luck in his next chapter because I’m sure knowing David that he will have many more to come as player and in the future somehow related to the game.

“When you get to know the person, his background, where he was raised in Brazil and what he’s done. To get to this point is remarkable.

“You understand a lot of things happen for a reason and it’s not just an ability, a quality or a determination. It’s many other factors.

“I’ve really enjoyed and learnt from him. He’s been very helpful every time with the team and I feel sadness as well because you get attached to the players emotionally.

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“One is the player and we have to get the maximum out of him and then it’s the person. And when it gets to this stage it’s tough and it hurts because that relationship now is going to be going away, at least in this space and not seeing him every day.”

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