David Luiz lifts the lid on why he made the move to Arsenal from Chelsea
New Arsenal defender, David Luiz shocked many football fans when he moved from Chelsea to join the Gunners just before the close of the transfer window.
His £7 million move away from the Blues has allowed Frank Lampard to give several of the club’s youngsters chances to impress, but most people still don’t understand the reasoning behind the move, until now.
According to the Brazilian defender, he decided to leave Stamford Bridge after he realized that he and Lampard had different football philosophies.
Speaking to the Telegraph Luiz said
‘Me and Lampard, we had honest conversations. Man to man, me and him,’ the 32-year-old centre back told The Telegraph. ‘His ideas of football were different to mine. We just agreed: “OK, we move on”. In an honest way, in a mature way.
‘We played together, we won together. We won the Champions League, the Europa League, everything together. It was done in a mature way.’
It should be recalled that Luiz had signed a two years extension just three months earlier and the blue’s fans were delighted that he would spend the twilight of his career with them.
Luiz also spent three years as Lampard’s teammate and many expected him to be a new leader in Lampard’s squad, but it has turned out otherwise.
He revealed that he was impressed by Unai Emery’s philosophy of how the game should be played and that was why he jumped at the opportunity to sign for Arsenal.
Luiz hasn’t made the best of starts as a new Gunners defender so far, he has been guilty of some errors at the back leading to goals. However, his goal which sealed a 1-0 win over Bournemouth could prove to be very important at the end of the season.
That said, many Arsenal fans are not convinced by the 32-year-old and see him as a liability they can ill afford.