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David Luiz salutes ‘humble’ Arsenal after debut win

David Luiz

A thrilled David Luiz heaped praise on his new squad after helping Arsenal defeat Burnley 2-1 for his debut on Saturday.

Upon being left on the bench last weekend at Newcastle, Arsenal boss Unai Emery selected Luiz in his line-up for the club’s second game of the new Premier League season.

The Gunners faithful at the Emirates Stadium even gave Luiz a warm welcome before kick-off. They applauded his early touches and headers, while giving a loud cheer for a couple of late clearances.

The 32-year-old, who only joined Arsenal last week from rivals Chelsea, was even barking out orders for his new team-mates.

While Ashley Barnes’ goal prevented Luiz from keeping a clean sheet for his debut, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal ensured him of a winning start to his Gunners career.

“I’m so happy to be here, to try to do my job, and also to enjoy these quality players,”  the Brazilian told BT Sport.

“This team has a lot to learn. It can improve a lot and we can fight for all the competitions, step by step and working hard.

“It’s a pleasure to be here because everybody is humble, everybody wants to learn and everybody wants to improve and we want this club to shine again.

“I tried to do my best. Our style is to play football. We changed a bit because the game shows us to play a different way.

“But when you have confidence and when you are training with the team you have to try to do the plan. I think in the end I did very well.”

Like Luiz, fellow new signings Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe were also treated to warm reception from Arsenal supporters.

Real Madrid loanee Ceballos, especially, was on top form and assisted both of Lacazette and Aubameyang’s goals.

“We feel stronger,” said Aubameyang.

“Players like David, Dani Ceballos, Pepe, they came here and now we feel stronger. I feel sure we can fight for the top-four.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 17: David Luiz of Arsenal.