Veteran defender Davido Luiz has signed a new one-year contract with Arsenal.
The 33-year-old Brazil international joined the Gunners last year from Chelsea on an initial 12-month deal.
He was heavily criticised after being sent off in last week’s 3-0 loss to Manchester City – when the Premier League resumed after the coronavirus shutdown.
But Arsenal technical director Edu hailed Luiz’s influence on and off the pitch.
“David is a really important player for us. He has played most of our matches this season and has been important for the team,” said Edu.
“His passing, his communication with the team on and off the pitch – he helps everyone.”
Defenders Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares will also join the Gunners permanently at the end of their loan deals, from Flamengo and Southampton respectively.
“I am really happy that we will have these players in our squad for the future,” said Edu.
“They have been part of the long-term technical plan (manager) Mikel (Arteta) and I have developed. They bring the right balance to our squad.”
Arsenal, who are 10th in the table, will bid to end a run of two defeats since the resumption away at Southampton on Thursday