Arsenal Ends Transfer Window With Surprise Signing Of David Luiz From Rivals Chelsea
In a surprising move, Arsenal has completed the signing of Chelsea defender David Luiz, landing the Brazilian for £8m.
The 32-year-old played his back into favor last season under Maurizio Sarri, contributing to the club's qualification for this season's Champions League. They placed fourth, and they also won over Arsenal at the Europa League.
Ironically, the star is on his way to the Emirates Stadium, with Arsenal confirming a surprise deal has been completed. The Gunners announced the news on their website.
But the swashbuckling star is now on his way to the Emirates Stadium, with the Gunners confirming a whirlwind deal has been completed with an official statement on their website.
Stamford Bridge had Luiz for seven seasons, sandwiched either side with Paris Saint-Germain for two years. He made 160 appearances in the Premier League and 248 in all competitions.
In west London, his résumé is also impressive. Luiz has two FA cups, two, Europa League winners medals, a Champions League crown, and a Premier League title.
With Arsenal, he plans to reinvigorate the club, with Emery looking to lead the Gunners back into the Champions League after placing fifth last season.
The 32-year-old has explained why he left Chelsea to join Arsenal, saying he felt he had reached the end of his "cycle" with the club. His move across London is considered a huge opportunity for a new challenge.
"The cycle finished [at Chelsea]. It was a conversation between me and Chelsea and everybody. I had an opportunity to come to another big club," Luiz told Arsenal.com.
"I'm just trying to do big things in my life, so like I said, my cycle at Chelsea finished and now I'm excited to start a new chapter of my life here."
According to the Evening Standard, Luiz, who reportedly insisted on moving to Arsenal, was left concerned over the lack of playing time at Chelsea this season, who is now under the management of Frank Lampard.
Last weekend's friendly versus Borussia Monchengladbach had seen the Brazilian left on the bench. Lampard appeared to be favoring Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen.
Chelsea is now left with From filtered titlea lacking center-back depth with Luiz's surprise departure, at the beginning of what is deemed a challenging season after a transfer ban halted the signing of new players during the summer.
With Arsenal, Luiz is bent on winning trophies, saying that coach Unai Emery was an integral part of his decision to join the club.