The Brazilian centre-back, who made 248 appearances for Chelsea across two spells with the club, underwent his medical on Deadline Day after the two sides agreed a fee.
Luiz trained away from the rest of Frank Lampard’s squad on Wednesday after indicating he wanted to leave the club. “David has huge experience and I look forward to working with him again,” Arsenal head coach Unai Emery said. “He is a well known player and adds to our defensive strength.” The 32-year-old is Arsenal’s second Deadline Day signing after they completed a £25m deal for left-back Kieran Tierney from Celtic.
David Luiz: Did you know?
- Last season: 36 PL apps/3 goals last season (36 starts) – his most apps, goals and starts in a PL season
- Most clearances (144) for Chelsea in PL last season
- Only European career red card for foul on Sead Kolasinac in 0-0 PL draw v Arsenal (H), Sept 2017
- 57 caps/3 goals for Brazil – last cap v Australia, June 2017
- Won 2019 EL with Chelsea – started 4-1 final win v Arsenal (Baku)
- Won 4 major trophies with Chelsea – 2 EL, 2012 CL and 16-17 PL
- The only player in Chelsea history to have played in 3 European trophy final wins (Gary Cahill also has 3 medals, but only played in 2 finals)
- Former Chelsea team-mate of Frank Lampard – started 2012 CL final win together
Arsenal had been left short at centre-back after the departure of former captain Laurent Koscielny, who shocked the club by demanding a transfer with a year left on his contract. Luiz began his first spell at Chelsea in 2011, before returning to Stamford Bridge in 2016 after a two-year spell with Paris Saint-Germain. “Luiz’s family are settled in London, they wont have to move, he still gets a big London club in Arsenal and it works for both parties. Frank Lampard will be the happiest out of everyone because he doesn’t have a disgruntled player in his dressing room, he’s got a player who he has moved on to another club – albeit a rival.”