David Luiz has admitted that he chose to depart Chelsea for London rivals Arsenal due to ‘ambition’.
The Brazilian defender joined the Gunners on transfer deadline day in an £8m move from the Blues in search of regular football this season.
Now, the 32-year-old has confirmed that his ambition drove the transfer from Chelsea to the Emirates, as he aims to help Arsenal return to the top four of the Premier League.
“I am a guy with ambition and that is why I moved,” Luiz told Sky Sports News.
“I could choose a comfortable zone and get money and be cool and that is it. But I like a new a challenge and new things in my life.”
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard confirmed that Luiz would have to fight for his place in the starting line-up, as he viewed the defender as a squad player.
The Brazilian revealed that the new Blues boss opened up to him in an ‘honest conversation’ which eventually drove the move to rivals Arsenal.
“Everyone knows I was so happy at Chelsea and won many trophies there and had a real honest conversation with Lamps, and Lamps had different ideas for his plans for the year.“
Luiz made his first appearance for the Gunners in their 2-1 victory over Burnley at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon, after sitting out their opening weekend win away to Newcastle United.
The defender arrived at Arsenal with an abundance of experience at both club and international level, and had huge success in both his spells with Chelsea which came either side of a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
With over 200 top-flight appearances and over 90 outings in European competition, Arsenal had not only secured a vastly experienced defender but had also completed a bargain buy at just £8m.
Chelsea spent £55m over two transfers for Luiz, recouping £40m in between from his sale to PSG, however after viewing the 32-year-old as surplus to requirements Arsenal swooped in on deadline day.
Arsenal fans were delighted with the signing, with substantially improved their back four, and will be hoping the Brazilian’s ambition can lead the club back to Europe’s elite competition.