|Org||Brazilian National Team|
|Club as Player||Arsenal FC|
2015 02 21 Retrieve
[David Luiz, when asked about similarities between Jose Mourinho and Laurent Blanc] Well, they are both ugly
2017 05 27 Retrieve
[David Luiz explains why he returned to England for a second spell with the newly-crowned Chelsea FC] I was winning everything in Paris. I was there for two years and won all the titles in France. I had a great life, great credibility with the club … I had everything. But then I took a risk to come back to the one country that was not that happy with me. Where they always criticised me a lot even after winning the Champions League, the Europa League or where I’d played all the games. That’s why it was a risk. And I love the risk. If you don’t take risks in your life – in your professional life but also in everyday life – you never feel anything new, so I [chose to] taste something new. I don’t like to stay always with the easy life, but I’m happy now because I took the right decision
: 2019 08 07 David Luiz skips Chelsea training as Arsenal consider late-window offer
: 2019 08 08 David Luiz has completed a shock move from Chelsea to Arsenal in an £8 million deal
2019 08 15 Retrieve
[David Luiz is backing Gabriel Martinelli to become a fantastic player for Arsenal] He is a young player, he’s talented and everyone speaks very well about him, everyone is excited because they know he has the potential to become a fantastic player soon and in the future. It will be good to work with him, try to help him and also give him a bit of my experience in football around the world. I hope we both can do big things here
[Martinelli and Luiz have become the ninth and tenth Brazilians to link up with Arsenal] Edu was a great player, a very talented player - someone who everyone enjoyed watching play. He was a great guy, a great person and he is ready for this role because he’s intelligent, he knows how to be with people, he knows how to win things, he is a winner and he is going to try to improve the club. I think around the world people are attracted to good players, especially Brazilian players, so Gilberto was one of the best Brazilian players, maybe the best Brazilian player who played here. I had the opportunity to play with Denilson when I was 10 years old, we played together. Gabriel is my friend, Andres Santos is my friend, so everyone is trying to do big things with this big club
2019 08 18 Retrieve
[David Luiz has urged his Arsenal team-mates to dream] In life you have to believe. If you don’t try things you are never going to know if you can do it or not. My philosophy on life is to be positive and to be a dreamer. But understand to dream is one thing and to achieve your dream you have a lot to do. I can dream and we can fight for something big. That is always going to be my speech to everyone – it is possible for us and everybody. It is up to the team, the team is going to dream more, the team is going to prepare better, understand the game and that is it
I try to give what I have learnt from my life. I think you can give when you have something to do. I had many fantastic moments in my career and many titles and I just try to make them understand that everything is possible if you work hard and if you believe, are humble, keep your feet on the ground and take it step by step
I am a guy with ambition and that is why I moved. I could choose a comfortable zone and get money and be cool and that is it. But I like a new a challenge and new things in my life. This is what gives me oxygen and give me motivation and also to really enjoy this moment of my life. Everyone knows I was so happy in Chelsea and won many trophies there. I had a real honest conversation with Lamps and Lamps had different ideas for his plans for the year. So the best way for me to respect the club where I can was to move on and try to do a new challenge. And give him the opportunity to do his job
One day football will finish and you have to try to do things and improve every day as one day I will miss football. I am trying to be first honest with my heart and honest in the way to try to feel new things. I am so happy here as since the first day I felt this welcome. This is a big club and I want to be here and see it shine – on the pitch and outside. This is what my motivation every day. That is why I left my family when I was 14 to try to do something around the world and I’m going to try and do my best here
The game against Newcastle and on Saturday shows the team now understands what is the moment, how is the game and how to take the three points. Burnley are a fantastic team who know how to be physical. It is never easy to play against them and I am so happy about the debut, the points and the atmosphere. I’m also so happy as the team understood the moments of the game. Moments where you play more with possession and moments where you play more physical and win the second ball. In the end we did great
2019 08 24 Retrieve
[Liverpool (3) vs (1) Arsenal. David Luiz says Mohamed Salah told him he didn’t feel the shirt tug which resulted in a penalty for Liverpool, but the Arsenal defender admitted he understands why the call was made] I spoke with Mo and he said ‘I didn’t feel you touch me, that’s why I didn’t go down to the floor,’ but now with the VAR, you cannot see the power so it is difficult for the referees. He saw the shirt like that, but I don’t know. It’s difficult for them so I cannot complain with their efforts because it is difficult for them too. If you play with an extra-large shirt now, there could be a penalty every time. It’s interpretation, so I think if you pull someone with power and you change his strength to go to the ball, it’s different. It was just a reflex but that’s it, it made the penalty and after that he gave me the yellow. So on the third goal I could not make the foul and put my team in trouble with 10 men. So I think it conditioned my game a bit after that and it was more difficult
[Luiz claimed the power of a shirt tug, thus the influence it has over play, is often difficult to judge] If I pull your shirt like that and if you put your hand like that, it’s different, the power is different. That’s what I said. With VAR it is difficult for them, they cannot see the power, so if I pull like this [gives demonstration] it’s more power than just like this. So it depends on the interpretation, like I said. But if you see the shirt going like that it’s also difficult for the referee to say it is not a penalty. That’s why I don’t judge him and complain against him. I’m just saying my view. The reflex is in one second you turn, you do, and you take [away your hand]. But it’s like that, football is like that. We have to look forward. I spoke with Mo, he’s my friend and he said he didn’t feel that. But that’s football. Football is like that
2019 08 25 Retrieve
[Liverpool (3) vs (1) Arsenal. David Luiz tells Arsenal where they must improve] We have to [improve]. I think if you concede a lot of goals you cannot fight for the title so this is one main thing we have to think about and try to reduce and try to make the team stronger. It is not just about me, it is not just about the defenders, it is about the mentality of the team. I think the team already did great against Newcastle, did great against Burnley to understand the kind of game we were playing for. We were clinical in Newcastle with one clear opportunity. We scored and don’t concede. With Burnley, we were clinical to understand the game. It was always to play first ball, second ball, fighting, they try to score with free kicks and things like that and we did amazing. [Liverpool] I think it could have been a different game if we scored [first] but we did not and this is football. Football is like that. Every week is a new history and we have to try and learn and improve our game
I think I am just trying to bring here what I did in the last clubs I play for, trying to make everybody believe we can do some big things. For me it is about the end, it is not about the beginning. In the end, you are going to make the counts and you are going to see what went well and what did not and in this period we have to try and improve. This is the mentality for life. I think in life you have to be able to learn every single day.
[Jurgen Klopp’s side ran out deserving winners after the interval, but Luiz’s insists there were positive stories take from the display] Of course we are not happy when we lose a game. I think we have to be clever and mature enough to understand what we did wrong. We have to take the positives and work on the negative things but I think everybody knows it is just the beginning of the league
2019 08 27 Retrieve
[David Luiz excited by first North London Derby] It’s going to be special for me for sure. It’s always special to play football. I play football because I love football. That’s why I’m still playing, that’s why I still have ambition and try to do big things in football
[Luiz knows they will have to be at their best to earn what will be a third successive home league victory in the North London derby] It’s going to be a tough game. But I’m looking forward to that. When you lose a game, you want to play a game tomorrow if it’s possible. So we are going to work hard. It’s going to be another tough, tough game against a fantastic team, who have signed new players, amazing players. So it’s up to us to try to do our game, especially at home and win the game
[So he knows the spotlight will be on him this Sunday against Spurs] I think there is no better opportunity than that. We are going to play at home against a fantastic team, against a team who are going to fight with us until the end for the same goals, the same objectives. So we’re going to do our best to win
2019 09 02 Retrieve
[Arsenal (2) vs (2) Tottenham Hotspurs. David Luiz bemoans costly Arsenal errors after Tottenham draw] I think [the criticism] is normal, in my all my career it has been like that, especially when you are a defender. Strikers never lose games unless if they miss a penalty in the last minute, this is football. The defenders have to take responsibility and take [criticism] in a good way, in a humble way. We need to understand when we make a mistake and say that. I’m going to try to do my best always. My game until the penalty at Liverpool was very good, especially for our first big game. Today, even with pain I played the whole game and tried to show spirit until the very end. I am trying to improve with the team every single day. You have to be mature to understand this kind of moment
2019 10 03 Retrieve
[David Luiz said in 2017 about typical Brazilian defenders] In Brazil they say defenders must be pessimists. I am an optimist in my life. I’m positive. I always think and dream of the best things. I don’t want to take my small boat and go against a wave of 20 metres. Maybe I can go around the sides, and we’ll arrive. I’ll try to find a way
In Benfica my job was to drive the ball to the halfway line. Chelsea didn’t have that plan, but sometimes I would do it anyway
2019 10 06 Retrieve
[David Luiz has hailed the squad depth at Unai Emery’s disposal] I think we are trying to improve everything in every game, every week. Also, we’ve had some games in the cup, in the Europa League, where we’ve changed the team [but the results] have been amazing. That’s what Arsenal means today - we have a lot of players in the squad with quality, so everybody can play. Everybody is trying to help the team
[Pressed on whether the Gunners deserved all three points] Yes, I think so. We could have scored more in the first half, but we controlled the game. The second half was more of a typical Premier League match. Bournemouth have amazing players, so the second half was more difficult. They created some chances, we created some chances and it’s always like that. When you have the opportunities to kill the match, you have to try to kill the match. If not, all the teams have the quality to come back. In the second half, they were trying to come back into the game but we were strong enough to keep the clean sheet and win the game
When it’s 1-0, if you don’t concede, you win the game. I think it was more about that. Our style is to play with the ball, but sometimes it’s good to understand if you have to win 1-0. Players like [Dani] Ceballos, like Matteo [Guendouzi], they were fighting like holding midfielders trying to help us. You see Auba pressing three defenders and I think that’s the spirit of the team. These kind of games give us a lot of things for the future
[Luiz has helped to keep them upwardly mobile, with the South American saying of his first goal since crossing London from Chelsea] It’s an amazing feeling. I’m so happy to be here and so happy to score my first goal and help us to win
2019 10 07 Retrieve
[David Luiz claims that he made the decision to leave Chelsea even before receiving Arsenal’s bid] I always liked Chelsea, no doubt. I saw a possibility of writing a new story in a new place, but I am forever grateful to Chelsea, to all people, to friendships that are for life. It was an individual decision made through honest conversation – between me and Frank Lampard, no one else. We had a different idea of the future of the game and that’s why I chose to take a new path. It’s always very difficult because of the rivalry, but I made the decision to leave Chelsea even before receiving Arsenal’s bid. As soon as I decided to leave Chelsea – after a few days – Arsenal’s proposal came, and as it was another great club, I didn’t think twice
2019 10 19 Retrieve
[Arsenal defender David Luiz is confident his side can challenge for the Premier League title this season] For me, if you start something, and we’ve just started the Premier League and all of the competitions, if you don’t think you can win the competition then you won’t start anything in your life. I want to win titles with Arsenal. I want to improve and adapt myself for the style of Arsenal, as a club and how the manager wants us to play. I think we can do that together. My vision, my ambition and my will is always to fight for the title and between the club, the players and the coach, we have the possibility to fight for the title. I think this club deserves to shine again
[the 32-year-old defender says things are getting better under Emery and that they will soon be competing with Liverpool and Manchester City] I think Unai is working very well with the plan to defend and then the plan to attack. I always say defending starts with the strikers and through the whole team, and you can see with modern football that the goalkeeper is now like a No 6. We are going to try and improve, we are already doing well and the last few games have showed that we are stronger in a defensive way. I want this club to improve in every part of the game. I think we’ve started really well and we just lost one game in the Premier League. I think the team is improving and now we are in third in the table but we want to finish this season fighting for the title
2019 10 21 Retrieve
[David Luiz says he bought into the potential at Arsenal after experiencing a difference of opinion with Frank Lampard during a ‘man to man’ chat with the Chelsea boss] Me and Lampard, we had honest conversations. Man to man, me and him. His ideas of football were different to mine. We just agreed: ‘OK, we move on’. In an honest way, in a mature way. We played together, we won together. We won the Champions League, the Europa League, everything together. It was done in a mature way
The more you win, the more you believe, the more it becomes easier. It starts to become automatic. You know what you have to do, you know the mentality. It is not about the beginning, it is about the end. Last season everybody was killing Chelsea, killing [Maurizio] Sarri. In the end, we won a title. Everybody was speaking about other clubs and in the end they did not win anything. It is about the end.
Arsenal was always a big club. The club is always going to be big. Of course, in the last few years, because the club is so big everybody expects more titles. This is natural. I came here because I see they have the potential to do that, to fight for that. This is my mentality, this is my ambition, this is what I want in this club. We have the potential. We have talented players, experienced players, a team with quality, a club where they give us all the conditions to fight. We have amazing support. What more do we need?
[He is, however, planning to move into coaching at some stage] I want to be a coach when I am 40. Before that, I want to play football as much as I can, at a high level. And that is going to be until I am 36, 37, 38. I work with my body every day. I have people working with me for more than five hours a day. This season my physical numbers are better than when I was 28
2019 10 25 Retrieve
[When asked if he could see himself heading home at some stage] I, today, have no such plan. I don’t have that as a goal. But we never know, football goes very fast. What makes me happy is to see the quality of Brazilian football. You see Jorge Jesus with Flamengo, and the great players like Felipe, Rafinha, Gerson, Gagibol, who’s back shining as he did at first at Santos. So without a doubt, I’m happy for our football. I am glad about the ever-growing quality. I’m sincere to say that today I don’t have this idea. I have a two-year contract with Arsenal. I have ambitions and goals here with Arsenal, so I came here. But we never know in the future
For me, if you start something, and we’ve just started the Premier League and all of the competitions, if you don’t think you can win the competition then you won’t start anything in your life. I want to win titles with Arsenal. I want to improve and adapt myself for the style of Arsenal, as a club and how the manager wants us to play. I think we can do that together. My vision, my ambition and my will is always to fight for the title and between the club, the players and the coach, we have the possibility to fight for the title. I think this club deserves to shine again
2019 10 26 Retrieve
[David Luiz offers passionate response to critics & states Arsenal ambition] People watch television and have their own clubs, and they speak for their clubs. In England I have won everything. In France also. Portugal as well. In the end, to risk a pass where I want my team to score or just take that easy pass and don’t take anything from the game, it’s not me. It’s never going to be me, I want to play to win and make my team win. To have a reputation or not, people can say what they want to. I respect them but if you take my numbers and my statistics, I have won more than others.
I am never going to hide. I have played with many players in my career who don’t have the personality, they hide themselves, they don’t want the ball to make a mistake. They are scared to play football. My actions and my life, I try to live in an honest way. I’m going to win some things, I’m going to lose some things but I never want to lose my character and the way that I love football. I play football because I love football. If not, it’s better to stop and go and do another thing
What I can say about Arsenal is that we have the opportunity to make this club shine again. How? Working hard and winning titles. This has to be the mentality. I don’t like to start something and just be ‘let’s fight for the top four’ or ‘our team wants to win just one cup’. No. My team, when I see the players and the club, when I see the supporters and the vibe, this club has the opportunity to fight for everything. It is my oxygen every day, I want to fight
2019 11 09 Retrieve
[David Luiz insists that Unai Emery is trying his best to transform Arsenal into a major force once again] The coach is a passionate guy. He’s giving 100 per cent every day, trying to give his best for us. We are trying to give the same back
I love to play like this. I believe in this kind of football where you gain superiority in different parts of the pitch and try to create lines of passing to get nearer the opponent’s goal. Football is about space and timing so we have to use this and to create some different movements, to build from the back
[When asked to open up on his decision to join Arsenal] The ambition was to continue to try to do big things in football. It was not an easy decision because everybody knows how successful Chelsea have been, but I wanted to stay in the Premier League and fight for the title. Arsenal is a big club and I want it to shine again
2019 11 15 Retrieve
[Arsenal defender David Luiz has expressed his admiration towards club colleague Gabriel Martinelli] I’m not going to say who is the best talent, but the best mentality at the moment is Gabriel Martinelli. He has a great mentality, it is special, he is a top guy, a top player, but what really impresses me is his mentality on the training ground, and the way he reacts to scoring goals, like at Anfield, and how he continues to work with a great mentality. He is taking his opportunity step by step and he has the same focus, determination and respect for everything and he is so mature for his age
2019 11 29 Retrieve
[David Luiz believes Arsenal’s players must take their share of the blame for Unai Emery’s sacking] Sad day for everybody, especially because we let u down boss, sorry! [I] thank you and the amazing staff for everything!! You are a hard worker, passionate for football and a big example always. Doesn’t matter [about] the results! Good luck for the future!
2019 12 05 Retrieve
[Lacazette out? Why Ljungberg must let Gabriel Martinelli off the leash at Arsenal] I’ve had the chance to meet many players, many young talents from several different countries, and Gabi has something different. I began admiring him for his work, mentality, his football, and his desire to learn every day. If he keeps it up, he will experience great things in football
2019 12 30 Retrieve
[David Luiz tips Arteta for the top] For me, Arteta is going to be one of the best coaches in the world. I have had the opportunity to have many coaches during my career. He is intelligent, he was a player, he is clever. I think he’s going to be one of the best, but it’s part of our job to help him do that, especially in the beginning because everybody doubts. But I really trust in this philosophy, I really trust in the way he sees football. That’s why we could see Arsenal dominate the first half with amazing football, with a lot of quality. I think if we scored the second goal, it would have been a different game
He knows football. When you know football, it is much easier to explain. It’s much easier to try to help and it’s much easier to understand the heads of the players on the pitch. It’s not an easy job for him, especially coming in the middle of the season. He didn’t choose the players or anything, but he’s going to try to do his best and we as players have to try to do our best too because this club deserves to shine. It deserves to play amazing football like in the first half.
We are not in the best position in the table. It has not been a very good year for us. But there is still the possibility to improve, to learn, and to do what we did in the first half. I think everybody saw a team with personality, with ideas, with a connection with the fans, with top players. I think Mikel is trying to impose his philosophy as soon as possible. We have a lot of players with talent and a lot of players who are going to be top players in the future. They are trying to learn quickly. Then it is up to us to try to get some points and results because we need that
2020 01 02 Retrieve
[From reviving Ozil to reintegrating Xhaka - How Arteta has lifted the Arsenal gloom] Mikel is a great coach. He brings things and I believe in his philosophy. I think he can improve every single player. In life, when you are happy, the results can be totally different. If you sleep happy, you can sleep four hours and better than sleep sad for eight hours. If you work with happiness and believe in what you are doing, it is totally different
2020 02 06 Retrieve
[David Luiz: I won’t stop until Arsenal are successful & trophies can be secured this season] I still have the hunger to win trophies. I want to win trophies with Arsenal. I want to make this club shine again. This is my goal and I’m not going to stop until I’m doing that. It’s up to me to continue to have this hunger every single day. For me, the first thing behind a title-winning team is belief. If you don’t believe and you don’t dream, or believe in that dream, it’s impossible to do it.
The first thing is you have to dream and then after that you have to study how to do it. Then you need to understand that during this process, you’re going to have some good moments and some difficult moments, but you can never change your mind.
That’s why I think we can achieve titles this season. We have the opportunity in the Europa League and the FA Cup, and then we want to fight until the end for the top four. We want to start to create an identity for this club. Everybody’s going to understand that it’s going to be hard to play against us. After all, if you don’t believe, you will never achieve anything in your life
Working with Mikel Arteta has been great since the first day. He’s always working straight to the point and he has already shown us his ideas, his goals. He wants to try to bring the shine back to this club with a winning mentality and by working hard every single day.
He’s trying to do everything as well as possible to achieve that. For me, personally, I’m enjoying it a lot. I came from clubs that would always fight for titles and would always fight to win, and Mikel knows that as well. He had an opportunity to go to amazing places and different clubs, and he worked a lot as an assistant coach for Pep Guardiola. He learned in the best way, so I think for sure he will be one of the best soon.
It doesn’t matter if it’s his first job as a coach or not. He knows football, he knows inside the pitch. He prepared himself outside the pitch and he’s ready for that. I’ve had the opportunity to work with many, many coaches already in my career and I think he’s more than prepared to do the job. The enthusiasm comes naturally when you love something. He loves football, he loves to work, so this enthusiasm is contagious for everybody. What Mikel is trying to build is something big and I really believe in his philosophy, I really believe we can do something big this year and in the future, so I’m really, really happy because we have our way to go
2020 02 06b Retrieve
[David Luiz credited new Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta with bringing fun back to the club] If you sleep four hours happy, you’re going to sleep better than eight hours sad. It’s like I said in that interview, and I stand by it. The result of people when they are happy is 10 times better than when they are sad. For me, you have to have fun not just in football, but in life. That’s the most important thing – and Mikel Arteta has brought that back.
Working with Mikel has been great since the first day. He’s always working straight to the point and he has already shown us his ideas, his goals. He wants to try to bring the shine back to this club with a winning mentality and by working hard every single day. He’s trying to do everything as well as possible to achieve that. For me, personally, I’m enjoying it a lot. I came from clubs that would always fight for titles and would always fight to win, and Mikel knows that as well. He had an opportunity to go to amazing places and different clubs, and he worked a lot as an assistant coach for Pep Guardiola. He learned in the best way, so I think for sure he will be one of the best soon.
His philosophy is the way I love to play football and that makes it easy for me to adapt to. We try to dominate and control possession and try winning the ball back as soon as we lose it. This is the idea I really love when I play football. I think Mikel is just trying to organise us every single day in the details, to make the quality of our work even better. It doesn’t matter if it’s his first job as a coach or not. He knows football, he knows inside the pitch. He prepared himself outside the pitch and he’s ready for that.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with many, many coaches already in my career and I think he’s more than prepared to do the job. The enthusiasm comes naturally when you love something. He loves football, he loves to work, so this enthusiasm is contagious for everybody
2020 02 11 Retrieve
[David Luiz happy to step aside for ‘amazing’ Pablo Mari at Arsenal] I always want to play. It doesn’t matter the side, it doesn’t matter which position. You guys know I played a lot of positions during my career. I’m always ready for that. It’s good when you have a squad with a lot of quality players. We have a game every week, you have to be happy with this
He’s a great player. It was a pleasure for me seeing Pablo doing really well in Brazil. I hope he can help us. He did amazing under Jorge Jesus, a coach I know very well, he’s my friend and one of the top coaches in the world. I speak with Jorge every week, he’s really my friend. He told me to welcome him [Mari] in the best way because he is ready to play
[Luiz believes that in taking that decision, it shows the type of mentality Mari possesses] He was courageous. He was not scared to try something big. Brazil is improving a lot, especially in a tactical way. Before it was just players with individual talent and not tactics. Our football is improving a lot, the quality was always there but now the tactical part is
2020 02 18 Retrieve
[David Luiz has refused to engage in a war of words with Unai Emery after the Spaniard questioned the attitude of some of the Arsenal players] We had Champions League qualification in our grasp and it went wrong in the end. But it was a good [first] season and we had this notion of continuing to improve. But we lost our four captains: [Laurent] Koscielny, [Petr] Cech, [Aaron] Ramsey and [Nacho] Monreal. They were personalities that we missed this season to stay on the right track, and some stars did not have a good attitude and asked for more than what they were giving back. Given all that, it would have taken more time to successfully change to the new Arsenal I wanted
I think Unai is a great coach, a great person. The things didn’t work very well, especially the results and it’s normal to try to find some answers. I don’t judge anybody. I still have a lot of admiration for him and I think it’s not intelligent from my point of view if I say something. I think he was great, great guy, great coach. In football we need results, if the results aren’t coming everybody is going to try to find out why. I think he has his vision and we have to accept that in a nice way and in a humble way
[But the experienced centre-back has warned that it is far too early to start getting carried away] I think to restart something like we did, with a new philosophy, with a new coach, with a different system, you have to think step by step. The first thing was to try to create the identity of the team, to improve in many ways, improve in the training ground, improve our behaviours, improve our way of training, improve our way of seeing things, our mentality. I think we are doing things every single week in a positive way, we are improving. Then in the end we start to get some results and we start to think about the table, start to think we still have the possibility and then we try until the end to do our best in the season. I am happy with the team, I am happy with how we are understanding better what Mikel wants from us every week. We are improving as a team
We can’t judge by the name because we lost points against almost all the teams because they do very well. Like I said, it is up to us to understand what we are doing every single day and to continue to improve. Don’t think about the name of the opponent, we have to try to win games and try to [finish in the top four] because we still have the possibility
2020 02 20 Retrieve
[Luiz: Arsenal have the quality to win Europa League] I think we have the quality for that, but step by step. It’s not easy, Olympiacos have a great team, they did amazing against Tottenham, they did amazing against Bayern Munich. It’s a pitch where I have been many times and it’s always difficult, so it’s up to us to continue in the right way, being humble and improving our game
[Luiz is fully aware of the challenge that Arteta’s side face] It’s an amazing place. When you play football, this is the type of place you love to play. I think it’s a great country, it’s a country where you enjoy to play football. It’s not just for vacation. It’s a difficult place to play football, but also it’s a nice game
2020 03 03 Retrieve
[David Luiz considers new Arsenal centre-half partner Pablo Mari to be a great player] I’m so happy for Pablo, he’s a great guy, a great player and he had an amazing game so we are here to help each other and we are here, 25 players, ready to play, ready to play for Arsenal and ready to give the best job. When it’s like that it’s a pleasure to play football as I will say to the guys, especially to these young lads who are starting football. They are starting with a great opportunity at a big club and they are doing great, so it’s a pleasure to play with them
I think it’s really important to continue what we’re doing every single day. We are improving a lot but you have to be humble and we understand we are not there yet. We have to do the similar kind of things, in our last game we did amazing things, but we lost. This is football. Of course, we have to understand why we lost and [against Portsmouth] I am so pleased for the team, with everybody, with the young boys because they are improving a lot, every single day. They have a great mentality, and they understand what is high level, and in high level you have to bounce back every single week. You have to be ready to react and you have to be ready to understand the importance
2020 03 19 Retrieve
[Chelsea staff begged Luiz to return but Brazilian intends to achieve ‘big things’ at Arsenal] 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. 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 having breakfast with me at the time when he had the opportunity. He was texting me: ‘I am still waiting for you here to have breakfast again’. 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?’
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
2020 03 19b Retrieve
[Arsenal will trigger a one-year extension in David Luiz’s contract after he emerged as a key figure in Mikel Arteta’s squad] 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. 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’. 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. 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
2020 04 15 Retrieve
[David Luiz hails ‘amazing’ Arsenal boss Arteta & insists he’s still improving under Spaniard] Mikel is doing amazing, I am enjoying being almost 33 years old and still learning and improving and to see how beautiful football is. Every day he changes something more and how a new idea and philosophy can still improve me as a person, as a player and as a leader. Mikel has tried to make us understand where to play and how to play. He gives us a plan: ‘If the team is like that, if there is a low block parking the bus how you can create, take the responsibility to make a risky pass’. If the pass arrives there then we create an opportunity and score the goal, if the pass doesn’t arrive there we can win the ball back quickly. Mikel, he brings a philosophy where everybody has to think for the best of the club, and make the club shine again. Everybody, not just players, everyone has to breathe this oxygen. It doesn’t matter where or when we lost it, we bring it back.
I want to be on the pitch. Doing what I love and making people happy. If we are going to play the season until the end I want to try and be in the Champions League with Arsenal
[When asked what Brazilian supporters make of the Gabriel Martinelli’s progress at Arsenal] Now they are very proud. I didn’t know [about him]. I had heard some things about a little guy doing well. When I saw him I said ‘wow’. Not just because of the talent as a footballer [but] especially because of the mentality. I think he wants to improve, wants to learn and understands that he has the opportunity of his life. He wants to change his status, wants to be part of the team and part of the club - I think this is a very important thing for players to understand today
2020 04 17 Retrieve
[Arsenal star David Luiz lifts lid on Blues exit] I was always very happy at Chelsea. And then the understanding of knowing that my cycle was over, even though I thought it wasn’t going to end that way, in a quick decision. I decided to leave Chelsea before I even had the door open at Arsenal. I know that Arsenal weren’t in a great moment, they had a weight on their defence, [when] I go there I’ll have to pay the restaurant bill without having eaten. But I’m going because I want something new for my life, I want to learn
I was always very happy at Chelsea. And then the understanding of knowing that my cycle was over, even though I thought it wasn’t going to end that way, in a quick decision. I decided to leave Chelsea before I even had the door open at Arsenal. I know that Arsenal weren’t in a great moment, they had a weight on their defence, [when] I go there I’ll have to pay the restaurant bill without having eaten. But I’m going because I want something new for my life, I want to learn
2020 04 17b Retrieve
[Arsenal star David Luiz lifts lid on Blues exit] I was always very happy at Chelsea. And then the understanding of knowing that my cycle was over, even though I thought it wasn’t going to end that way, in a quick decision. I decided to leave Chelsea before I even had the door open at Arsenal. I know that Arsenal weren’t in a great moment, they had a weight on their defence, [when] I go there I’ll have to pay the restaurant bill without having eaten. But I’m going because I want something new for my life, I want to learn.
[Luiz added on how difficult his first couple of months at Arsenal were under Unai Emery] It wasn’t easy at first. Not only [in terms] of adaptation, but about taking the criticism, the sadness of many Chelsea fans for not understanding my personal decisions. My respect and love for Chelsea has always been true. It was difficult to deal with the emotional part, then playing, things were not happening on the pitch, the results weren’t coming. Unai is a great coach and a great person, but things weren’t happening for him either. So you get into a stir and try to stay upright and strong. And I often wondered why this decision was made. Why is this happening?
2020 04 20 Retrieve
[David Luiz on sleeping] If you sleep four hours happy, you’re going to sleep better than eight hours sad. The result of people when they are happy is 10 times better than when they are sad. For me, you have to have fun not just in football, but in life. That’s the most important thing – and Mikel has brought that back
2020 04 22 Retrieve
[David Luiz reveals wish to return to Benfica] I was scared to leave Benfica, scared to start a new story. So Rui [Costa], the director of football, pulled me aside and talked to me. I was scared to bring my story at Benfica to a close, my love and the pleasure I had for living in that country and playing for Benfica. I told [Costa], ‘I don’t want to go, I want to stay, I want to stay.’ Rui told me something that touched my heart: ‘The doors will always be open for you. You need to show off your football to the whole world.’
I never lost my connection with Benfica, I have that in my heart, everybody knows I want to come back. I want to wear the Benfica shirt again and feel that sensation. The day I come back to the Estadio da Luz it is going to be very special, one of the greatest feelings of my life
2020 04 23 Retrieve
[Arsenal stars Lacazette, Xhaka, Nicolas Pepe and David Luiz warned over breaking lockdown rules] Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We will be speaking to our players. We were concerned so we have spoken to Nicolas, who shares a house with a number of relatives who were involved in this game. We have reminded him of the importance of everyone following the guidelines
2020 05 23 Retrieve
[Arsenal not part of David Luiz’s retirement plan as he approaches final year of contract] I always said that I would like to end my career at Benfica. In football everything changes, what is true today, tomorrow is a lie, but my feeling is not! I love Benfica. My dream is to step on the pitch of Estadio da Luz in their colours. For all that I lived and felt, for what Benfica is in my life and in my history, for everything, Benfica is bigger than any player
2020 05 27 Retrieve
[David Luiz’s Arsenal future in doubt as Gunners stall on contract decision] Mikel is doing amazing, I am enjoying being almost 33 years old and still learning and improving and to see how beautiful football is. Every day he changes something more and how a new idea and philosophy can still improve me as a person, as a player and as a leader.
I always want to play. I always play in the way the coach wants to play. It doesn’t matter the side, it doesn’t matter which position. You guys know I played a lot of positions during my career. I’m always ready for that.
2020 05 30 Retrieve
[David Luiz contract decision sheds light on Arsenal’s difficult transfer future] Mikel is doing amazing. I am enjoying being almost 33 years old and still learning and improving and to see how beautiful football is. Mikel has tried to make us understand where to play and how to play. He gives us a plan and has brought a philosophy where everybody has to think for the best of the club. And the best for the club is to make the club shine again. It doesn’t matter when, or by who, that was lost. What matters is to bring it back
David’s a player that has won more trophies than anybody else in that dressing room. We have to use that in a very powerful way. I wanted him to step up, I wanted him to put all his qualities – his personality and his experience – towards the team and he made a big step forward. I am very, very pleased with him. In the games he has played under me so far he has been terrific. His attitude in training, the way he communicates with his team-mates, his desire to still learn, it’s superb. I am delighted with him.
2020 05 30b Retrieve
[Arsenal defender David Luiz has revealed that he has held talks with Benfica over a possible return to the club this summer] I already spoke with Vieira about the return. My dream is to end my career at Benfica. When, I don’t know, but it will happen… it will, if President Vieira allows me and if the fans want me to come back. It will be one of the most beautiful moments of my career
2020 06 17b Retrieve
[David Luiz has accepted responsibility for his role in Arsenal’s 3-0 loss to Manchester City] It was not the team’s fail, it was my fault. The coach is amazing, all the players did amazing, it was just my fault. I should have taken a different decision in the last two months. I didn’t - it was all about my contract. I don’t want to use that as an alibi or excuse, it’s just my fault and that’s it. I love to be here that is why I continue to train hard and that is why I came today. Nobody asked me to speak, it is up to me to show my face. I want to stay. The coach knows and wants me to stay, we are waiting for the decisions
2020 06 17c Retrieve
[Gunners defender David Luiz on Arteta] He knows football, he loves football, he loves to work. This enthusiasm is contagious for everybody. What Mikel is trying to build is something big and I really believe in his philosophy. He has tried to help us and give us the direction and how to live life, how to be inside the club and for me, this is so important to have
2020 06 18 Retrieve
[Arteta’s comments suggested that Luiz was not in the right frame of mind to play because of the doubts over his future, something the defender seemed to admit when he faced up to the media after the defeat] It’s not the team’s fault, it was my fault. I think the team did well, especially with 10 men, the coach is amazing, the players did amazing, it’s just my fault. I took the decision to play, I should have taken another decision in the last two months, but I didn’t. It was all about my contract, whether I stay or not. I have 14 days to be here, and that’s it. I love to be here, that’s why I continue to train hard, that’s why I came here. I want to stay, the coach knows, he wants me to stay, and we are just waiting for the decisions
2020 06 25 Retrieve
[Luiz came off the substitutes’ bench at the Etihad Stadium and gave away a goal, conceded a penalty and got sent off] It’s not the team’s fault, it was my fault. I think the team did well, especially with 10 men, it’s just my fault. I took the decision to play, I should have taken another decision in the last two months, but I didn’t. It was all about my contract, whether I stay or not. I don’t want to use it as an alibi or an excuse, but it’s my fault and that’s it