Kevin Campbell fears David Luiz will not be offered a new deal at Arsenal as a result of his recent injury.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners striker urged the club to extend the 33-year-old’s time at the Emirates and drew particular attention to the role he plays in the dressing room.
A statement on Arsenal’s website revealed that the centre-half underwent a “small procedure” on his right knee on Sunday.
Mikel Arteta revealed that the Brazilian is expected to be sidelined for “at least” three weeks while he recovers.
Luiz, who The Sun claim earns £120,000-a-week, is out of contract this summer.
Campbell is hopeful the injury will not impact the centre-back’s chances of earning an extension.
“The injury might have an impact on him getting a new deal,” he told Football Insider. “That would be the fear.
“I still think he should get a new deal because he is very influential in the dressing room. Why not give him a contract for one more season? You can never have enough good characters in your dressing room.
“They need to keep him around. There will be times where Arteta will have to rotate and Luiz has bags of experience, especially when you compare him to the likes of Mari and Holding.
“It does not function without Luiz being at the club, not at this moment in time. I hope the injury will not impact on him getting a new deal.”