Arsenal complete £8m Luiz signing

Last Updated: 08/08/19 9:21pm

David Luiz has joined Arsenal from Chelsea
David Luiz has joined Arsenal from Chelsea

Arsenal have completed the signing of David Luiz from Chelsea on a two-year deal for a fee of £8m.

The Brazilian centre-back, who made 248 appearances for Chelsea across two spells with the club, underwent his medical on Deadline Day after the two sides agreed a fee.

Luiz trained away from the rest of Frank Lampard’s squad on Wednesday after indicating he wanted to leave the club.

“David has huge experience and I look forward to working with him again,” Arsenal head coach Unai Emery said.

“He is a well known player and adds to our defensive strength.”

The 32-year-old is Arsenal’s second Deadline Day signing after they completed a £25m deal for left-back Kieran Tierney from Celtic.

David Luiz: Did you know?

  • Last season: 36 PL apps/3 goals last season (36 starts) – his most apps, goals and starts in a PL season
  • Most clearances (144) for Chelsea in PL last season
  • Only European career red card for foul on Sead Kolasinac in 0-0 PL draw v Arsenal (H), Sept 2017
  • 57 caps/3 goals for Brazil – last cap v Australia, June 2017
  • Won 2019 EL with Chelsea – started 4-1 final win v Arsenal (Baku)
  • Won 4 major trophies with Chelsea – 2 EL, 2012 CL and 16-17 PL
  • The only player in Chelsea history to have played in 3 European trophy final wins (Gary Cahill also has 3 medals, but only played in 2 finals)
  • Former Chelsea team-mate of Frank Lampard – started 2012 CL final win together

Arsenal had been left short at centre-back after the departure of former captain Laurent Koscielny, who shocked the club by demanding a transfer with a year left on his contract.

Luiz began his first spell at Chelsea in 2011, before returning to Stamford Bridge in 2016 after a two-year spell with Paris Saint-Germain.

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