In a rather interesting turn of events, David Luiz, now a former Chelsea player, has made the journey across London and officially completed the transfer to Arsenal.
The 32-year-old centre-back thus swapped the blue shirt for the red and white one and will now represent the north part of the city.
Arsenal’s new number 23 has quickly taken to Instagram to send a rather heartfelt and warm message to his former club and everyone associated with the club.
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Today is the day when I must thank all the people who were part of my story with @chelseafc !!! These were brilliant years where I always tried to do my best all the time!!! I thank the fans and all the coaches I had during the seven years I represented the club. I thank the medical and technical staff, the kitchen staff, friends who take care of the pitch, my friends from security… LITERALLY everybody! With each one I had a story and built a true friendship!!! I wish a very good luck to this great club!!! I carry all of you in my heart!!! God bless you so much! 🙏🏼 #Thankyou. Hoje chegou o dia em que devo agradecer a todas as pessoas que fizeram parte dessa minha história com o @chelseafc !!! Foram anos brilhantes onde sempre tentei dar o meu melhor em todos os momentos!!! Agradeço aos fãs, agradeço a todos os treinadores que tive durante os sete anos que passei no clube, agradeço ao staff médico, técnico, pessoal da cozinha, amigos que cuidam do gramado, meus amigos seguranças… LITERALMENTE todos os funcionários, porquê com cada um tive uma história e construí uma amizade verdadeira!!! Desejo boa sorte a este grande clube!!! Levo no coração todos vocês!!! Deus abençoe muito! 🙏🏼 #obrigado
In the message, he thanked all the staff, the players and the fans for their support throughout his stay at Stamford Bridge. Near the end of the post he also added that he will “carry them all in his heart”.
Luiz spent six-and-a-half seasons at Chelsea across two spells, first arriving at the club in 2011 from Paris Saint-Germain, where he already played under Unai Emery, his new coach at Arsenal.
He played a total of 248 games for the Blues, scoring 18 and assisting 12 goals in the process.