Luiz’s history of playing in title-winning teams is seen within the club as crucial to a young team that is still developing. It is hoped that the Brazilian’s experience will also help the adaptation of teenage defender William Saliba, who joins Arsenal at the end of this season.
Cedric is seen as someone who brings experience to the defence. The full-back will be 32 at the end of his new four-year contract but there is an acceptance that players who arrive on a free deal command greater financial commitments because of the lack of transfer fee.
Meanwhile, Telegraph Sport understands that Matteo Guendouzi remains committed to finishing the season with Arsenal before assessing his options ahead of a potential move away from north London.
The Frenchman’s disciplinary issues have twice caused him to be dropped from Arteta’s squad this calendar year and he is believed to have made it clear he would not be against leaving the club.
Arsenal face Sheffield United in the FA Cup on Sunday and Arteta has said they cannot “copy and paste” Liverpool’s blueprint for success. Within Arsenal there is a belief that they could ultimately follow a similar trajectory to Liverpool, who were also defeated in a Europa League final before rebuilding the squad.
“We will try to emulate, not copy and paste,” said Arteta. “Something like this does not work. The context is completely different to what they had at that time. We have to adapt to our context, our situation, the players and the environment that we have, and let’s start making some decisions.”