David Luiz admits he had mixed emotions after switching to Arsenal from Chelsea.

Updated: Mar 26

  • Luiz has no regrets over his move to the Emirates.

  • The Brazil defender admits he misses playing for the Blues after a trophy-laden career at Stamford Bridge.

has insisted he can still achieve 'big things' at the Emirates. [Getty Images]

David Luiz says Chelsea staff begged him to return just days after his move to Arsenal.


The Brazil defender Luiz sealed a surprise switch from the west London club to the Emirates for a reported fee of £8million last summer, after winning the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup at Stamford Bridge.


However, the former PSG man insists he has no regrets over his move and is convinced he can still achieve 'big, big things' at the Emirates

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"I can be honest with you, the first three days or week was not easy to understand all the emotions or how I was feeling, because everybody knows my history with Chelsea," Luiz told OTRO.


"I had this connection with everyone at the club. It was so massive and big and I was missing every single one.


"Every text message I was receiving, people were saying: 'Come back, come back, come back, come back, we are here for you'.


"I give you the example of a gentleman there who is 75 years old. He was taking breakfast with me at the time when he had the opportunity.


"He was texting me: 'I am still waiting for you here to take the breakfast again'.

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"This kind of thing was so difficult for me, because I am someone that sees the heart as the most important thing.


"But then after that, in the professional way, I was saying: 'It is a new moment for you. It is another big thing for you to do. Maybe if you stay in the comfort zone it is not going to be the best thing for you?'


"If you look at my history of life I was never wishing to stay in the comfort zone," Luiz added.


"It was a top decision. [Arsenal] are a big club. I want to make this club improve and to shine again. The first days were difficult but after that I started to adapt.


"Now I am so happy and I want to do big, big things with Arsenal.’


The Brazil defender Luiz sealed a surprise switch from the west London club to the Emirates for a reported fee of £8million last summer, after winning the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup at Stamford Bridge.

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