David Luiz has revealed why he left Chelsea and how quickly the transfer to Arsenal evolved.
But after a two spells at Stamford Bridge – the second of which lasted three years and included a Premier League winner’s medal and a Europa League winner’s medal – the defender moved quickly once the situation was made clear to him.
Despite being a key man in Maurizio Sarri’s side which won the Europa League and finished third last season, it’s understood Frank Lampard made it evident to him that he would not be first choice this season.
He only signed a new two-year contract with the Blues in May, which broke the club’s policy of handing players aged 30 or over one-year deals.
But the Brazilian was dropped for last Saturday’s friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach and then The Telegraph reported he was told to train away from the first team on Wednesday.
Asked about his move from west to north London Luiz told Arsenal’s official website: “The cycle finished there. It was a conversation between me and Chelsea and everybody. I had an opportunity to come to another big club. In my life, I’ve always liked to do some challenges.
“I’m not scared at all to try things. I think not too many players would make this kind of move, they would maybe be scared, or something like that. I’m just trying to do big things in my life, so like I said, my cycle at Chelsea finished and now I’m excited to start a new chapter of my life here.
“It’s [Arsenal’s] a big club – not just in England, but everybody around the world knows how big Arsenal is.
“When I had an opportunity to come to this kind of big club, I had to take it. That’s why I’m here.
Luiz spent a short spell at PSG under Unai Emery and he claimed the Spanish coach was influential in the move across the capital.
“A big, big part. I know him, I know some people from the club,” added Luiz. “I know Edu, I know Raul, I know the quality of the team, the players, and that’s what makes me excited to dream, to have the ambition to win big things.
“I think all my life, I’ve always started the season with the goal to win things. It’s not going to be different here – I’m going to come with this mentality because this is what made me move here. ‘This is what makes me feel good every single day. I have to run for one reason, for one goal, and my goal is to win things with Arsenal.”