David Luiz’s final act as an Arsenal player looks to be limping out of action at St James Park after the central defender appeared to sustain some form of hamstring injury.
The former Chelsea man was replaced by Calum Chambers just before the hour mark, with Luiz looking desperately frustrated as he was aided off the pitch by the club physio.
Given there are just four games left of what has been a dismal domestic campaign for the Gunners, it looks as if Luiz has played his last game for the club after boss Mikel Arteta bemoaned the Brazilian’s luck on the injury front.
The Arsenal manager was asked whether the incident spelled the end of Luiz’s season, to which he said: “We don’t know. He felt something in his hamstring so it’s not good news.
“He’s put such a shift to be back with the team for the last few weeks after the knee surgery and it’s a real shame.”
Arsenal did well to dispatch of Newcastle comfortably, goals from Mohamed El Neny and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were enough to hand the Gunners their eights away win of the season – double last campaign’s total.
Arteta told the media: “Apart from David’s injury, that’s all we wanted.
“We wanted to keep the team fresh, players with the right attitude to play this game and being able to focus just on today.
Luiz is out of contract in the summer, and reports suggest Arteta is not intending on extending the defender’s two-year stint in North London.
Often the subject of intense criticism, Luiz has endured some torrid spells since he joined the Gunners from Chelsea in the summer of 2019.
He has featured in just over half of Arsenal’s league games this season, a drastic decrease from his debut campaign, though this is as much down to injuries and illness rather than poor form.
Arsenal seem intent on building a youthful core at the centre of their defence, with 23-year-old Gabriel Magalhaes receiving widespread plaudits for his performances since joining in September, while Arteta still has the return of highly sought-after youth prospect William Saliba next season after his second loan spell in France.