Brazilian international defender David Luiz has signed for us in a permanent transfer from Chelsea. The 32-year-old centre back has a wealth of experience and has made 524 club appearances in a career spanning 13 seasons.
Luiz started his career with Vitoria in Brazil, before moving to Portugal where he played for Benfica. He also had two spells with Chelsea and spent two years in France with Paris Saint-Germain, where he played under Unai Emery. He has 56 international appearances for Brazil to his name. He joined Chelsea in January 2011, winning the UEFA Champions League during the 2011–12 season. In the following season he won the UEFA Europa League. In June 2014, he transferred to Paris Saint-Germain for a fee of £50 million, a world record transfer for a defender, and won all four domestic competitions over his two seasons in French football. He returned to Chelsea in August 2016 in a £30 million transfer deal.
Unai Emery said: “David has huge experience and I look forward to working with him again. He is a well known player and adds to our defensive strength.” David will wear the number 23 shirt. David Luiz insists he left Chelsea because his cycle at the west London club had come to a natural end. The 32-year-old spent seven years at Stamford Bridge across two trophy-laden spells before joining Arsenal on transfer deadline day in an £8million deal.
Luiz was a pivotal figure in Maurizio Sarri’s side which won the Europa League and finished third in the Premier League last season, but the Brazilian was said to be concerned his first team opportunities would be limited under Frank Lampard. The former PSG defender was dropped for last Saturday’s friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach and was subsequently told to train away from the first team on Wednesday amid concerns he had become a disruptive influence.
Luiz spent a brief period at PSG under the management of Unai Emery and he claimed the Spaniard also played a big factor in his decision to join Arsenal.