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David Luiz sealed a deadline day transfer move to Arsenal in a shock transfer that has drawn varying comments from both Chelsea fans and pundits alike.
Luiz was ever-present in Chelsea’s pre-season games but missed the final clash against Borussia Monchengladbach, and by transfer deadline day, he had sealed an £8m move to join the Gunners.
Luiz only signed a new two-year contract with the Blues in May, and it wasn’t expected that he’d leave the club this summer.
Luiz was a key player under Maurizio Sarri, and former assistant boss Gianfranco Zola has revealed his shock that Luiz left the club and believes that something must have happened in the dressing room.
Zola said: “My first reaction [for Luiz to leave] is that something must have happened in the changing room. I couldn’t see him leaving the club.”
“It is good business for Arsenal,” Zola added speaking on BeIN Sports. “They have acquired a player with a lot of personality, a lot of influence. It will be very beneficial to them. Defending is not his best ability, he is more of a midfielder.
“When he is focused, he is good at defending. But it is not his best quality. But Luiz is exactly the type of player Arsenal needed.”
Luiz has revealed his move to Arsenal left a Chelsea staff very emotional.
According to Luiz, he built a strong relationship with Chelsea’s head of medical Paco Biosca and his departure to Arsenal left Paco crying.
“Paco’s amazing. He’s crying, he’s crying,” Luiz told Arsenal’s media team.
“He called me crying.
“I have a great, great relationship with him.”