David Luiz has vowed to do everything he can to replicate the form he showed at Chelsea after getting off to a winning start with new club Arsenal.
The defender helped the Gunners secure a 2-1 victory at home to Burnley on his first appearance since completing his £8million move from Arsenal’s London rivals.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winning goal after Ashley Barnes cancelled out Alexandre Lacazette’s cheeky opener.
Unai Emery also gave a run out to new signings Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe, with Real Madrid loanee Ceballos particularly impressing fans.
However, there were plenty of eyes on debutant Luiz, who was brought in to shore up Arsenal’s vulnerable defence.
And he gave a reasonably good account of himself, however, he was unable to prevent Barnes scoring his third goal of the season after the Clarets striker latched onto Dwight McNeil’s deflected effort inside the six yard box.
This was Barnes’ third Premier League goal of the season in just two games and Luiz admitted he enjoyed going up against ‘top player’ Barnes.
Speaking to talkSPORT’s Sam Matterface after the game, Luiz said: “[Barnes] He’s a guy with a lot of quality.
“He’s a top player in great shape and great form and I wish him all the best and it’s enjoyable to play against these types of players.
“They [Burnley] have a style of play with the two forwards inside the box and with long balls and then the second ball too.
“It’s never easy against Burnley, I think they are a typical Premier League team.
“They fight for every ball, they know how to play and they go for the first and second balls, fight for the corners, the free-kicks and everything.
“But I think we understood the game well. We executed our plan very well.”
The Gunners have maximum points from their opening two matches after they beat Newcastle last weekend and this is the first time Arsenal have achieved that in ten years.
And Luiz urged his team-mates to keep their feet on the ground while also revealing his ambitions to do as well at Arsenal as he did at Chelsea, where he won six trophies in two spells.
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Luiz added: “It’s always important to get points in the Premier League. Every game is not easy. We did amazingly at Newcastle as it’s not easy to get points there and we also did amazing today.
“But I think we have to keep our feet on the ground. We have an amazing team but we have to keep improving every day.”
“It’s a new challenge for me [moving to Arsenal]. It’s my decision to make a new history in my life.
“I’m so happy to be here because since the first day the welcome has been amazing from everybody so I’m going to try and do my best to amazingly like I did with Chelsea.”
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