David Luiz is only on a one-year deal with Arsenal, with reports suggesting the Gunners have to activate an option for the second year.

Arsenal's Brazilian defender David Luiz celebrates their win on the pitch after the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg football match between Olympiakos and Arsenal at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, near Athens, on February 20, 2020. - Arsenal won the game 1-0.
Arsenal’s David Luiz celebrates a win on the pitch on February 20, 2020. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Sky Sports report that Luiz is out of contract next month, after only signing an initial one-year deal with Arsenal. However, they understand that he’s keen to stay with the club and remain in London.

Goal add that Luiz has a clause in his contract for a second season with the club, but Arsenal aren’t in talks with him over activating it just yet.

I wouldn’t start panicking, though. If it’s just a case of activating a clause for the second year, it’s not going to take much negotiating. Why activate it earlier than necessary and risk Luiz getting a career-ending injury the next day?

Luiz’s form improved throughout his first season with Arsenal, and he was playing very well directly before the Premier League suspension. The Gunners should be keen to keep him for one more year, and it seems he’s happy to stay.

The only reason not to would be a financial decision, to get a centre-back off the books. But I wouldn’t start worrying about that yet.

As a side note, it was interesting to see Sky Sports claim they’d “exclusively learned” that the initial Luiz deal was only one-year long. I must have imagined the reports I heard before tweeting about it over a month ago.

The information has been out there for a while, we just have more concrete confirmation now. I guess Sky were just confused because they themselves claimed he was on a two-year deal in the first place. It’s good to see they’re catching up now.