Arsenal complete the shocking signing of David Luiz from Chelsea.
Unai Emery has been chasing a central defender all summer and the Arsenal boss has finally got one in the door with Luiz moving from Stamford Bridge to north London.
The Gunners have paid £7m for Luiz, who has signed a two-year deal. The former PSG defender will join his new team-mates but it is not yet known whether he will be in the squad to face Newcastle on Sunday.
The Brazilian will wear the No 23 shirt at the Emirates stadium, as the next chapter in his career begins. ‘David has huge experience and I look forward to working with him again. He is a well known player and adds to our defensive strength,’ said boss Unai Emery – who managed Luiz at Paris Saint Germain – upon confirmation of the transfer.
Luiz missed Chelsea’s first-team training on Wednesday as he attempted to force through the surprising move on deadline day. Sportsmail understands Luiz has been an increasingly disruptive figure at the club’s Cobham HQ in recent days, culminating in Wednesday’s surprise development.
The Brazil defender, it is understood, did report for training but was not involved in the senior set-up casting doubt over his position at the club. Sources suggest the decision for Luiz not to train with Frank Lampard’s squad was mutual – but there were differing views from other insiders on Wednesday night who feel his omission was part of a wider plan from the defender to force through a move to the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners have been desperately chasing a new defender throughout the summer transfer window and the need for reinforcements was exacerbated by the departure of Laurent Koscielny.