Arsenal have completed the shock summer signing of David Luiz from London rivals Chelsea, the Gunners have confirmed on their official website.
According to the BBC, the Brazilian has cost Arsenal £8 million and joins Celtic defender Kieran Tierney in penning terms at the Emirates on deadline day.
The 32-year-old arrived at Stamford Bridge for a second spell at the club in 2016. It had seemed as though he would be an integral part of Frank Lampard’s plans, but instead, he has opted to depart.
Chelsea’s options at centre-back do now look somewhat stretched. Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori will compete for the two shirts.
The Blues’ loss is Arsenal’s gain, however and Luiz is a quality acquisition for the Gunners.
Unai Emery has spent the entire window persuing central defensive options and it will be interesting to see what impact Luiz has on the team.
Naturally, most Arsenal fans were delighted finally see a central defender arrive at the club and took to Twitter to praise the club’s work.
After the announcement we looked at a series of tweets from Arsenal fans welcoming their new arrival into the club:
Get in. We're winning the league and the Europa League.
— WelBeast (@WellBeast) August 8, 2019
WHAT A TRANSFER WINDOW 👌🔥
— Arsenal Related 🔴 (@ArsenalsRelated) August 8, 2019
WELCOME TO THE BIGGEST CLUB IN LONDON
— Laastro Weyn 🇸🇴 (@Shafka_Gunner) August 8, 2019
MY GUYYYYY WELCOMEE GUENDOUZI
— J1 (@ClockEndJack) August 8, 2019
If 8m £ the transfer fee is correct; that’s fantastic deal.
— Hakan Karadağ (@1hakankaradag) August 8, 2019
What a window it has been…. Thank You for these signings…. Can the EPL begin already? 🔴⚪️
— Dipo #BBNaija (@swag_lukarz) August 8, 2019
What a flipping window
— UberArsenal™ (@UberAFC) August 8, 2019
Announce new season
— Raul Szn (@EliteAuba) August 8, 2019
Build Raúl a statue 🏆
— theUnaigooner (@alxmfernandez) August 8, 2019
At least now we have a free kick taker
— @THE_MD_ke (@The_MDDennis) August 8, 2019
What a transfer window, terrific signings, key areas addressed and some really talented players join ✅
— The Arsenal Review (@thearsreview) August 8, 2019
Announce mustafi contract termination
— 𝕁𝕠𝕣𝕕𝕒𝕟 (@jrdn82) August 8, 2019
Think Edu and Unai had something to do with this too… I know he's error prone but im more confident with our defence with Tierney, Holding and Heccy coming back soon.
— Ben Mitchell 🇪🇺🏳️🌈🔶🇨🇦🏴 (@Mountie31) August 8, 2019
— Dave💫 (@insekak) August 8, 2019
Someone pinch me 👀
— M1Ö (@hawt_red) August 8, 2019