Why did David Luiz leave Chelsea?
On transfer deadline day, David Luiz left Chelsea to join Arsenal in an eight million pound deal.
The transfer was surprising, considering Luiz recently signed a contract extension with the Blues.
However, just a few months later, Luiz departed Stamford Bridge for a second time.
Interestingly, in last week’s UEFA Super Cup programme, Frank Lampard hailed the importance of Luiz to Chelsea:
Awkward question to Lampard in the programme. I guess they interviewed him before deadline day… pic.twitter.com/yyub6zqtH1
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) August 14, 2019
After Saturday’s match against Burnley, ESPN Brasil spoke to Luiz regarding why his move from Chelsea happened. The Arsenal defender said:
It was a great pleasure (to play first game for Arsenal). It is a new challenge in my career, where I took the decision to fight for new things, and I enjoyed it in the best way possible.
In talks with Frank [Lampard], [he revealed] he had a different plan for the year. So we spoke in total honesty, and he made it clear that he had different ideas from mine. So I had this opportunity, to receive an offer from Arsenal, which is a great club.
I still respect Chelsea. It’s never easy for people to understand everything that goes on. But my decision was also to respect Chelsea and their new manager, who wanted to implement a different philosophy at the club.
And so I decided to get on this new journey, a new home, where I’ll do everything to shine as well [as I did at Chelsea].
‘Lampard tinha planos diferentes’: depois de estreia pelo Arsenal, David Luiz explica saída do Chelsea
— Mundo ESPN (@ESPNagora) August 17, 2019
Arsenal 2 – Burnley 1
For the first time in a decade, Arsenal have won back to back games at the start of the Premier League season.
On Saturday, the Gunners beat Burnley in their first home match of the campaign.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winner in the second-half.
Alexandre Lacazette opened for Arsenal, while Ashley Barnes ghosted past David Luiz to score a leveller for Burnley.