Arsenal defender David Luiz cut quite a doleful figure as he limped off the field at St James’s Park on Sunday.
Arsenal’s 2-0 win away to Newcastle United was slightly marred by an injury to the Brazilian centre-back in the second half.
At 34, the veteran curly-headed figure has had his fair share of injuries in the past but there was a look of defeat as he made his way off the pitch yesterday.
And it may be because this might’ve been his very last game for Arsenal.
Luiz is only contracted to the Gunners until this summer and with only a few weeks left in the season, an injury now means that he may never play for the North Londoners again unless they give him a new deal.
Mikel Arteta’s side also have a Europa League semi-final with Villarreal to conclude this Thursday and Luiz’s face gave the impression of somebody who knew deep down that he wouldn’t have a role to play in it.
Whether it’s the end of his Arsenal’s career remains to be seen, but Don Goodman, speaking on Sky Sports during the win over Newcastle, suggested it was likely his last game of the season and that it was ‘not nice to see’.
He said: “Depends how serious it is but that could very easily be the end of the season for David Luiz. You can see his face. He knows. Not nice to see.”
Luiz, an £8 million signing two years ago [The Sun], has been a good servant for Arsenal, for the most part.
Yes, there’s been quite a few errors and red cards and penalties conceded, but there’s no denying that he has been a leader for Arteta on the field and if this is the end, he’ll be missed in the dressing room, even if many supporters aren’t upset at him potentially leaving.