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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will be up against David Luiz for the first time since selling him to the Gunners.
Lampard decided to let the Brazilian leave for £8m to Chelsea rivals Arsenal in what was a surprise move for the fan favourite.
Ahead of Sunday’s game, Lampard at first refused to say anything about the decision to sell David Luiz to Arsenal. “I’m not going to answer that in the buildup to this game,” the Chelsea manager said.
“What I don’t want to do is look like it’s a personal question going into a game against a player I respect and played with,” Lampard said.
Meanwhile, former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has called Arsenal’s capture of David Luiz as the worst signing that happened in the summer transfer window.
“David Luiz,” he wrote in his column for The Times when asked to name the worst signing of last summer.
“When Arsenal bought the Brazil defender in the summer for £8m I know that Chelsea’s reaction was: ‘Wow, they’ve taken our poorest defender’.
“You have that familiar image of him chasing after a forward who has got behind him: opponents always know that the 32-year-old will give them space by wandering out of position.
“He is a fine footballer who sprays the ball around well but for a player with so much experience his defending is not good enough.”