Douglas Luiz: Aston Villa Manager Unai Emery Hints at Midfielder’s Future Amid Arsenal Interest

Douglas Luiz: Aston Villa Manager Unai Emery Hints at Midfielder’s Future Amid Arsenal Interest

Joel Reyes
updated at November 28, 2023 at 3:22 PM
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  • Unai Emery has reiterated Aston Villa’s stance on the sale of Douglas Luiz
  • He made the comment after the win over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday
  • Arsenal tried to sign Luiz last year but were unsuccessful with their bids

Unai Emery isn’t going to let one of his key players join his former team.

After their win over Tottenham Hotspur last Sunday, the Aston Villa manager made it clear that Douglas Luiz is not for sale.

He reiterated his club’s stance after several reports linked Arsenal with a move for the talented midfielder.

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Aston Villa's Douglas Luiz talks to manager Unai Emery; Arsenal's Mikel Arteta and Thomas Partey celebrate together. Images: Alex Dodd/ Stuart MacFarlane.
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Emery talked to reporters about Luiz after Villa’s upset win, saying:

"Douglas is playing very good. His commitment [is] amazing. I want to keep him, and he is happy with us."

Arsenal tried to sign Luiz before

According to The Standard, the Gunners tried to bring Luiz to North London last year, but they were unsuccessful in their attempts to sign the Brazilian.

Arsenal made three deadline-day bids for the midfielder, with the Gunners submitting a final offer of £25 million to acquire his services.

Villa didn’t budge even with Arsenal’s increased offer. They held on to Luiz, who has since signed a new contract with Aston Villa, committing his future to the club until 2026.

The rumours linking Luiz with Arsenal won’t go away, though, as the Gunners are desperate to shore up their midfield ahead of next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

Thomas Partey, who’s out with a thigh injury, is expected to join that competition alongside Mohamed Elneny.

Luiz emerges as key player for Villa

Luiz has been a vital cog for Villa this season, leading the club to their best-ever start for 25 years.

He has scored five goals and dished out two assists for Villa, who are right in the thick of the title race, trailing leaders Arsenal by just two points after 13 matches.

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