David Luiz Vows to Make Gunners ‘Shine Again’ After Making First Start in Burnley Win

David Luiz has insisted he wants to help bring Arsenal’s glory days back after making his debut in the club’s 2-1 Premier League win over Burnley on Saturday afternoon. 

Starting in the heart of defence alongside Sokratis Papastathopoulos, the Brazilian showed glimpses of his ability as goals from Alaxandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw off a plucky Clarets side at the Emirates Stadium.

Speaking to the club’s ​official website, Luiz was quick to thank supporters for welcoming him into the side in his first appearance for the club. The 32-year-old made the move across London from rivals ​Chelsea on deadline day for a fee of £8m, and said the way he was treated by his new fans was helpful as he looks to get accustomed to Unai Emery’s style of play.

“I think it’s great to feel this opportunity from everybody. I just try to do my best,” ​Luiz said about the support.

“Our style is to play football and also to understand the plan for the game. We changed a bit after because I think the game showed us to play in a different way. But when you have confidence and you’ve trained with the team you have to try to do the plan and play from the back. In the end I think we did very well.”

With another season of Europa League football awaiting ​Arsenal and no ​Premier League title since 2004, Luiz expressed his and his fellow teammates’ desire to return the club back to its former glory.

“I think this team has a lot to do and can improve a lot and we can fight for all the competitions, so we’re going to work step by step, working hard,” he added.

“It’s a pleasure to be here because everybody is humble, everybody wants to learn and everybody wants to improve to help this club shine again.”


Why Mesut Özil Did Not Feature for Arsenal During Narrow Premier League Win Over Burnley

Mesut Özil missed Arsenal’s first home Premier League game of the season against Burnley because of illness.

The German midfielder missed the Gunners’ opening day victory against Newcastle due to safety concerns – he and teammate Sead Kolasinac were victims of an attempted carjacking by an armed gang – but it was expected that Özil would return to the squad for Saturday’s game at the Emirates.

But in the lead up to the game, manager Unai Emery hinted that Özil may not feature at the weekend because he had missed training through illness, even though he and Kolasinac were ‘100%’ ready to play after their traumatic ordeal.

The 30-year-old has often been ridiculed for his weak immune system, with a number of unexplained absences from Arsenal’s match day squads subsequently attributed to a virus of some kind.

As a result, he has become a focal point of some supporters frustrations, particularly when the Gunners are away from home. Furthermore, Özil has added insult to injury (literally) by causing himself back issues by spending disproportionate amounts of time playing the popular video game Fortnite.

There’s nothing to suggest that Özil’s absence from this particular game is anything but genuine, but this, his tenth period of illness since joining the club, latest absence will potentially rile supporters who do not feel he is worthy of his status as the club’s highest paid player.

Recent events may be taken into account, though, with Özil and Kolasinac’s ordeal subject of an ongoing police investigation. Security has tightened around the pair in the wake of the recent trouble, with both players now looking to get back on the field and get concentrating on their football.

Mesut Ozil

On the pitch, Arsenal have made the perfect start to this ​Premier League campaign – following up their opening day success over Newcastle with a narrow 2-1 win over Burnley, putting them top of the table, albeit briefly.


Calum Chambers Insists Competition for Places at Arsenal Is Good Following David Luiz Arrival

Calum Chambers is ready to challenge deadline day signing David Luiz for a starting spot in the Arsenal defence.

The former Southampton trainee started alongside Sokratis on the opening day of the season against Newcastle, helping his side to a 1-0 win – as well as helping Arsenal match their clean sheet record for the entirety of the 2018/19 campaign.

But the arrival of Luiz from Chelsea has cast a doubt over his continued selection in the Arsenal side, with Chambers looking to establish himself after spending last season on-loan at Fulham. 

The 24-year-old insists, though, that he is up for the challenge, claiming healthy competition for places can only be a good thing.

“He seems like a great guy. He is a great player, too,” Chambers said ahead of Arsenal’s win over Burnley, as quoted by the Evening​ Standard.

“Competition will bring the best out of people. At a club like Arsenal that is how it should be.

Calum Chambers

“It was always my aim to come back, I went into the loan spell and was fully focused on giving everything for that club in every game and training session. I didn’t think about the future, but before I went the plan was to go, gain experience and come back.”

The deadline day signing of Luiz has been widely regarded as the surprise signing of the summer transfer window, even though Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was unable to guarantee the Brazilian a starting role at Stamford Bridge.

His experience – consisting of 160 appearances and a Premier League winners medal, as well as Champions League and Europa League successes – could prove invaluable to Unai Emery’s Gunners, as they seek to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

And if his first game is anything to go by, he could help the Gunners achieve exactly that – after knocking off Burnley 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium to go, albeit briefly, top of the table.


Arsenal Do Something They Haven’t Managed in 10 Years After Burnley Win

Arsenal have broken a decade-long hoodoo by winning their opening two matches in the Premier League – something they last managed under Arsène Wenger in 2009.

The Gunners maintained their momentum from last week’s win away at Newcastle United and picked up all three points at home to Burnley, with goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang temporarily sending Arsenal top of the league.

Securing maximum points from their opening matches has ensured that Unai Emery has ended their long wait for two wins from as many games, something Arsenal last did with wins against Everton and Portsmouth at the start of the 2009/10 season.


It wasn’t the only record for Arsenal on Saturday either, as their 2-1 win over Burnley maintained their 100% winning record against Sean Dyche’s side.

Burnley’s manager has now equalled an unwanted Premier League record too after suffering a ninth straight defeat against Arsenal, moving level with Gary Megson as the longest losing run against an opponent in the competition.

The Clarets put in a professional performance at Emirates Stadium and caused Arsenal problems throughout the match, but in the end, Emery’s side were able to get a comfortable foothold in the match.

Although star strikers Lacazette and Aubameyang will grab the headlines, it was new signing Dani Ceballos – on a season-long loan from Real Madrid – who stole the show.

He provided two assists and didn’t put a foot wrong throughout the game, before being substituted to a well-deserved standing ovation in the second half.

Club-record signing Nicolas Pépé also showed glimpses of why Arsenal spent £72m for his signature after coming off the bench at half-time, although the Ivory Coast international couldn’t pick up his first goal for the club in the dying stages of the match.


Arsenal Set to Profit From Jeff Reine-Adelaide’s Move to Lyon

Arsenal are set to earn themselves a nice windfall following Jeff Reine-Adelaide’s big-money move to Lyon.

The Frenchman joined Arsenal in 2015, but failed to make a single senior appearance before being sold to Angers in the summer of 2018. After just one year back in France, the 21-year-old has completed a move to Lyon worth around £25m.​

According to ​football.london, ​Arsenal inserted a 20% sell-on clause in the deal which took Reine-Adelaide to Angers, so they are set to receive around £5m following his move to Lyon.

The young midfielder managed three goals and three assists in his first season back in France, and continued that trend by grabbing a goal and an assist on his Lyon debut in a 3-1 win over Bordeaux. Arsenal fans may be frustrated to have let him leave, but the additional £5m will certainly help raise spirits. 

The Gunners also profited from midfielder Ismael Bennacer’s recent move to ​AC Milan, with Arsenal thought that have negotiated a 30% sell-on clause when they sold him to Empoli back in 2017.

Bennacer’s switch to San Siro was worth around €16m, meaning Arsenal will have pocketed around €4.8m as a result of their sell-on clause. 

Ismael Bennacer

The additional funds could be used to boost Arsenal’s January transfer budget, but will likely just be used to help balance the books following a busy summer which saw the likes of Nicolas Pepe and Kieran Tierney head to the Emirates Stadium.

The £32m sale of Alex Iwobi to ​Everton will have also helped out, meaning Arsenal may be able to afford to bring in a number of new signings once the winter transfer window opens.