David Luiz has shocked everybody in recent hours with his desire to leave Chelsea and go to city rivals Arsenal. Luiz was having a good time with the Blues, expressing his happiness to play under new manager Frank Lampard, but after finding out he wasn’t a primary option for the former midfielder, the Brazilian star has decided to join Arsenal.
According to Sky Sports, Arsenal agreed to an £8 million deal for the center-back, who’s expected to sign a two-year contract with the club before the transfer deadline strikes. With the move, Luiz will become the 10th player to play for both Chelsea and Arsenal since the Premier League was established.
The Brazilian will follow Emmanuel Petit, Ashley Cole, Nicolas Anelka, William Gallas, Petr Cech, Yossi Benayoun, Cesc Fabregas, Lassana Diarra and Olivier Giroud.
Nicolas Anelka was the first of these players to represent Arsenal in the Premier. He scored 28 goals for the Gunners over three seasons, winning the Premier League and FA Cup during the process. He joined several clubs after that, including Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester City among others before playing with Chelsea between 2008 and 2012.
Following that, William Gallas and Ashley Cole did the same. Cole had a very good tenure with Arsenal; he won the double in 2001/02, retained the FA Cup in 2002/03, and played a key role in their undefeated campaign in 2003/04. After that, he went to Chelsea, where he was even more successful, winning the Premier League, League Cup, Europa League, Champions League and FA Cup (x5) with the Blues.
More recently, we have Cesc Fabregas, who earned a lot of hate from Arsenal fans after he claimed he’d never play for another Premier League club before landing in Chelsea in 2014 from Barcelona.
Petr Cech is another case; a goalkeeper who was nothing but great with Chelsea and won everything he could, but decided to take his talents to the Emirates Stadium after the arrival of Thibaut Courtois in Stamford Bridge.
Cech played his last game as a professional in Arsenal's Europa League final defeat to Chelsea in May, conceding a goal to Olivier Giroud, the last player to move between the two sides.
Although David Luiz is not the first player to move from Chelsea to Arsenal, the Gunners know this is a great move by them.