Brazilian defender David Luiz took a major pay cut to stay at Arsenal a report from The Telegraph has revealed.
The defender’s stay at The Emirates has caused some stir with some Arsenal fans blaming the club for not getting the right players to take them to the next level.
The Brazil defender’s woeful display against Manchester City earlier this month seemed to be the death knell for his stay at the Emirates after receiving a red card in their 3-0 loss but he signed a new one-year deal earlier in the week much to the amazement of so many people.
After coming on as a first-half substitute to replace the injured Marí, the 33-year-old made a basic mistake to allow Raheem Sterling score City’s first goal before being sent off for pulling back Riyad Mahrez in the area, resulting in a penalty that Kevin DeBruyne converted.
The Telegraph reports that Luiz, who was on a reported £120,000 a week, agreed to a ‘significant’ cut in his wage packet to facilitate the agreement though his new fee wasn’t reported by the paper.
And it wasn't Luiz alone who was handed a new deal with Arsenal securing the permanent signatures of defenders Cédric Soares and Pablo Marí, who had been on loan from Southampton and Flamengo respectively.