Arsenal defender David Luiz has been talking about his Chelsea exit and admitted he questioned his decision to leave Stamford Bridge to join the Blues’ London rivals.
The 32-year-old departed Chelsea for the second time last summer.
Aside from Luiz, Frank Lampard already had Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and two new defenders who came back from loan their respective loan spells Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori.
As Lampard made the switch back to a back four, it is not a surprise if one of the centre-backs had to go last summer.
Being the oldest and with only one year left in his contract back then, Luiz was the obvious choice and he knew that.
The Brazil international told ESPN Brasil: “First of all, 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 my doors open at Arsenal.”
Luiz also realised some Chelsea fans just could not accept his decision to join their rivals which saddens him.
He said: “It was not easy at first. Not only of adaptation, but withstanding 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, after playing, things were not happening on the pitch, the results were not coming.
“And I often wondered why this decision was made. Why is this happening?”