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Chelsea rose to become European champions for the first time as the Blues defeated Bayern Munich in the city of Munich to win the prestigious Champions League crown for the first time in 2012.
Chelsea’s rise to Champions League glory was against all the odds as the Blues were heavy underdogs to win the Champions League with the Blues struggling in the league and finished the season in 6th place. But with sheer resilience, passion and doggedness, Chelsea beat Barcelona in the semifinal of the Champions League and defied the odds to beat Bayern Munich on their home soil.
Of all the players of that Champions League winning squad in 2012, Chelsea defender David Luiz was the last man standing.
Surprisingly, in a sudden twist on transfer deadline day, Luiz departed Chelsea for local rivals Arsenal.
The 32-year-old’s deal was due to expire at the end of last season but he extended his stay for two more seasons, that will keep him at the club until 2021. Surprisingly, shock reports emerged leading to transfer deadline day, that Luiz has fallen out of favour with Lampard and was ready to leave Stamford Bridge.
The Brazilian has been a Chelsea player for seven seasons across two separate spells, a period in which he won six major honours, but will now represent Chelsea rivals Arsenal this season.
David will wear the number 23 shirt for the Gunners.
Unai Emery said of the deal: “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.”
Luiz was a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge, and the club has wished him well ahead of his career with the Gunners.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has only two teammates left from his playing days at Stamford Bridge and he’ll be hopeful to start a new era with the young Chelsea players.