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Brazilian defender David Luiz left Chelsea for Arsenal on transfer deadline day for a fee believed to be £8 million.
According to David Luiz, he left Chelsea for Arsenal due to a difference in ideas and philosophy with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.
Luiz made his Arsenal debut in the Gunners’ 2-1 win over Burnley.
Luiz told ESPN: “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 through. 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].”