David Luiz is preparing for a future role as a coach, according to Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.

The Brazilian joined the Gunners last summer in a surprise deal after leaving London rivals Chelsea for a second time, and although the manager who signed him, Unai Emery, has departed the club since, Luiz has still managed to hold down a place in the team under Arteta.

At 32, Luiz is just six years younger than his boss, and he has been tipped for a bright coaching career by Arteta, who was asked if he saw any future managers in his current Arsenal squad by a fan during a Twitter QA on the club’s official account.

”I think we can get a few (from the current squad), just joking a little bit, but through the process, they are really willing to try and understand the game better and how they can coach as well,” he said.

Arteta has tipped Luiz to be a top coach
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”It is not just myself, but how can they coach each other on the pitch? A lot of them are showing a lot of interest, even if they are 18, 19, 20 years old.

”Obviously, he mentioned to me, David Luiz he wants to be a coach in the future.

”He has started doing his coaching badges already and I can see he has the attributes, the knowledge and experience to be a coach one day.”

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Arteta was also asked to name some payers from the past that he thinks would fit into his current team, and he picked two Gunners legends and one of the best European players of the 1980s and 90s.

”For example, someone like Thierry [Henry] would be great, he said.

”Someone like Patrick [Vieira] would be great and some leaders that we had the back. We’ve had a lot of great players who have had great success with this football club.

”A player that I admired a lot when I was young was Michael Laudrup. I used to love him and the way he played.”

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