Arsenal is back in the Premier League table in the top half.
At Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, the Gunners beat Leeds United 4-2, with goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (x3) and Hector Bellerin securing a much-needed three points.
It was a reasonably convincing performance by the side of Mikel Arteta, who will now be targeting a late drive to break into the top four and qualify for the Champions League next season.
For Arsenal, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe were both impressed again, while Martin Odegaard showed some neat touches on his first start for the club since Real Madrid signed on loan.
Veteran defender David Luiz was another player who caught the eye against Leeds as well.
Together with Gabriel Magalhaes, the 33-year-old began the center-back game and played a pivotal role in Arsenal’s attacking game, especially in the first half.
Luiz drove forward from deep regularly and the Leeds midfielders were struggling to contain him.
He’s far from the greatest out-and-out defender around, but on this new Arsenal side, the curly-haired stalwart can have a very positive effect.
Arteta thinks so, and Arsenal will give him a contract extension due to the manager being ‘impressed’ with the Brazilian.
The Independent notes that the manager of The Gunners highly values the impact of the £ 5.4m-rated defender on his young squad, both in training and off the field.
A one-year extension will be given to Luiz, with his original deal scheduled to expire this summer.
This does seem like a prudent course of action, considering that Arsenal is not exactly flush with cash right now.
For the near future, the likes of Saka, Smith Rowe, and Gabriel Martinelli will all need guidance from senior figures and there is no better mentor than Luiz.