Arsenal are optimistic about the short-term future of central defender David Lewis, who is expected to recover from a hamstring injury in time to return this season.
The veteran Brazilian, who has just returned from knee surgery, fell with a new problem in his first game back, a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United, and manager Mikel Arteta admitted that he was worried that his season could end.
Any injury at the end of the season would also probably mean that Luis’ time at Arsenal is over. The 34-year-old has no contract this season and does not look like putting a pen on paper on an extension.
Everything looked a little gloomy, but according to the Daily Mail, Lewis’s injury is not as bad as he had initially feared, and he is now confident that he will return in the very near future.
It is not yet clear when Louise will return. The rematch of the Europa League semi-final on Thursday against Villarreal may come too soon, but the Premier League match with West Bromwich Albion on May 9 may be in his sights.
Now Arsenal do not need to worry about the short term, but as for the future of Luis at the club after this season, decisions have yet to be made.
Fabrizio Romano recently said in his podcast Here We Go that no final decision has been made on whether Luis will stay at Arsenal, but if he does leave, the club’s hierarchy will be open for signing a replacement.
There is no denying that Arsenal can improve the central defender. Rob Holding, Pablo Marie and Calum Chambers fought this year, until 23-year-old Gabriel had the most expected impact.
The club has William Saliba, the £ 27million youngster, who was frozen in the first half of the season before being sent to Nice on loan in January. He was a regular member of the French side in the middle of the table, but whether he did enough to finally convince Arteta of his talent remains to be seen.
There are links to numerous central defenders, ranging from expensive options like Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Brighton’s Ben White to more modest options like Lyon’s Joachim Anderson and Young Boys’ Ali Camara.
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