David Luiz explained why he decided to make the big move in swapping Chelsea for Arsenal after completing an £8m deadline day transfer.
The Gunners pulled off, perhaps, one of the biggest coups of Thursday’s transfer deadline day in Luiz. He signed a two-year contract and will take on the No 23 jersey at the Emirates Stadium.
Of course, the Brazilian is no stranger to the Premier League having starred in the Chelsea defence in two separate spells across the last eight and a half years. He made a total of 248 appearances for the Blues and helped them win a league title, two FA Cups, two Europa Leagues and the Champions League.
But Luiz stunned English football fans by deciding to leave Chelsea for London rivals Arsenal despite only signing a new contract in May.
However, the 32-year-old explained that his time at Stamford Bridge had simply ended and is looking forward to his new challenge in north London.
“It’s a great feeling. It’s a new cycle in my life, in my career as a footballer. I’m excited to play for this big club,” Luiz told Arsenal.com.
“I grew up watching a lot of Arsenal games, especially the great players from the past, so I’m excited to try to help this club to do some big things.
“It was a conversation between me and Chelsea and everybody. I had an opportunity to come to another big club. In my life, I’ve always liked to do some challenges.
“I’m not scared at all to try things. I think not too many players would make this kind of move, they would maybe be scared, or something like that.
“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.
“It’s a big club – not just in England, but everybody around the world knows how big Arsenal is. When I had an opportunity to come to this kind of big club, I had to take it. That’s why I’m here.”
Luiz also confessed that manager Unai Emery, who he briefly played under at Paris Saint-Germain, was a “big, big” factor in his decision.
The Brazil international could debut for Arsenal in Sunday’s Premier League opener at Newcastle United.
💬 "I’m here to give everything and to try to make this club arrive where it deserves to arrive – winning big games and big titles."@DavidLuiz_4 has a message for you all – and we reckon you're going to like what he's got to say! 💪
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 9, 2019