£125,000-a-week defender could leave Arsenal during the summer

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In news that is sure to disappoint Gunners boss, Mikel Arteta, one of his senior first-team footballers has hinted at a move away from the London giants.

As the Spanish manager tries to build a team capable of winning trophies again, he needs to keep a core of his best players at the club, but David Luiz appears to want a come back to Portugal.

“I always said that I would like to end my career at Benfica. In football everything changes, what is true today, tomorrow is a lie, but my feeling is not!” Luiz said.

Although he’s getting no younger, David clearly still has a lot to offer. Wholesale changes arguably don’t work at football clubs, and to that end, Arteta will almost certainly want to keep players with experience at the club.

Brazil international could well be fighting a losing battle with the centre-back, however.

Even if the London giants were to break their practice of only offering short-term deals to players over 30, it doesn’t appear that money is the prime motivator for Luiz on this particular occasion.

A genuine love for another place of work isn’t something you can or should stand in the way of either.