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David Luiz reveals Unai Emery was ‘a big part’ of his decision to swap Chelsea for Arsenal

David Luiz says Arsenal manager Unai Emery was ‘a big part’ of his decision to join the club from Chelsea.

The Brazilian defender moved to the Emirates from their London rivals on deadline day, joining the Gunners on a two-year contract for a fee of £8m.

When asked what influence Unai Emery had on his decision to move to Arsenal, Luiz was full of praise for the Spaniard and says he has joined the club to ‘win things’.

“A big, big part,” he told Arsenal.com.

“I know him (Emery), I know some people from the club. I know Edu, I know Raul, I know the quality of the team, the players, and that’s what makes me excited to dream, to have the ambition to win big things.

“I think all my life, I’ve always started the season with the goal to win things. It’s not going to be different here – I’m going to come with this mentality because this is what made me move here.

“This is what makes me feel good every single day. I have to run for one reason, for one goal, and my goal is to win things with Arsenal.”

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