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‘Arsenal should part with Luiz and look for younger centre-backs’

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Arsenal should part ways with ‘problematic’ David Luiz and look for much younger centre-backs as replacement, believes club legend Ray Parlour.

David Luiz has seen recent criticism in what has generally been torrid season for the Brazilian.

The 33-year-old has failed to convince since joining the Gunners last summer and has been subject to a number of high-profile mistakes.

The latest for Luiz was a 25-minute error prone stay on the pitch that saw him cost his side two goals against Manchester City and a man down after only coming on to replace Pablo Mari.

Head coach Mikel Arteta still maintains faith in the defender and there are indications that the Brazilian has even asked for a two-year extension to his current contract which expires at the end of June.

But with recurring mistakes that have cost the Gunners dearly, club legend Ray Parlour insists his former side are better off letting go of Luiz and looking for younger reliable options in defence.

“His agent is well against it now,” he told talkSPORT Breakfast. “It depends on what sort of money he wants and I’m sure he’s on a big contract with the way they brought him in.

“I think he said he wants a two-year contract so It’s a massive decision that Arsenal have got to make.

“If I was Arsenal I’d say no. He’s done well and been okay at times when I’ve been at the Emirates but for me he makes too many mistakes at the wrong times in games and he doesn’t learn from it.

“As a centre-half you have to be a lot more disciplined and know the position much better. When Luiz signed, I said he would make mistakes and cost you at times – but he came in to bring in experience.

“I’ve heard he’s a great presence around the dressing room and look at the medals he has won – he’s been very successful in England.

“But it’s not the road Arsenal should go down. They need to bring in some more youngsters and bring a centre-half in.”

As it stands, Luiz still has an uncertain future at the club but whoever he would be playing for next season could be known by the end of the week.