Chelsea broke with long-standing club policy for players over the age of 30 this time last year, to ink David Luiz, then 32, to a two-year contract extension — a privilege not afforded previously even to the likes of John Terry or Frank Lampard.
David Luiz promptly repaid that faith two months later by jumping ship on deadline day to Arsenal. That heel-turn was a hard pill to swallow even from a man as lovable as David Luiz.
He cited a difference of vision and opinion with new head coach Frank Lampard as his reason for leaving, which practically amounted to David seeing the writing on the wall of Lampard’s Youth Revolution™. And in fairness, he’s been ever-present for the Gunners, while we can thank him for leaving a spot open for Fikayo Tomori, who had been set to leave, probably on loan, otherwise.
Hilariously, David also made a bold claim about targeting trophies with Arsenal. And while the Gunners remain alive in this year’s FA Cup (which may or may not finish), those ambitions remain rather hopeful for the mid-table side. Not that Chelsea have any greater aspirations at the moment, but at least we’re winning the Arsenal Trophy of fourth place so we’ve got going for us, which is nice.
Even more hilariously, it turns out that Arsenal’s widely reported two-year deal with David was in fact just one year with an option for a second. And, even more hilariously, they reportedly have no plans to pick up that option, which would make David Luiz a free agent after the season.
So, to recap, David Luiz left Chelsea for a worse contract, at a worse team, with worse prospects.
(Still love ya though, Sideshow!)
David Luiz's brief spell at Arsenal could be coming to an end— Sky Sports (@SkySports) May 27, 2020