Arteta is keen on improving the players at his disposal
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed he would love to see David Luiz extend his stay at the Emirates.
The Brazil defender Luiz, 33, joined the north London club from Chelsea last summer on a one-year deal - rather than the initially reported two-year contract.
Arsenal had the option of extending Luiz‘s contract into a second season, but did not trigger the clause which expired during the shutdown.
"I am really happy with David, I want to keep him here with us. He's been a key role model since I joined," said the Gunners boss Arteta.
"I like what he produces on the pitch, I like his influence around the players and the club - I would love to keep him."
The Spaniard also confirmed his transfer plans have been affected by the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
"The plans I had were not considering the coronavirus and all the side effects. We know what we need to improve the team, that is for sure," he added.
"Whether we are going to be able to do it the way we want is a different story. My focus right now is to improve the team [I already have] and get results to have the best chance possible to get into Europe."