David Luiz has emphasised the importance of helping others and living to make his teammates happy, something we’ve already seen behind the scenes with Arsenal’s newest signing.
David Luiz has had a somewhat mixed start to life at Arsenal on the pitch. After the penalty he conceded against Watford, a stat started doing the rounds that Luiz had given away two spot-kicks in four games with Arsenal, compared to three in 160 with Chelsea.
Things did start to improve, as the Gunners put a few good results together and Luiz scored the winner against Bournemouth before the international break.
Regardless of on-pitch form though, Luiz’s influence in the dressing room has been apparent, and the player insists that’s very important to him.
“The first thing [my parents] taught me about being a leader is to live for others, to be a collective person,” Luiz said. “In my life, I have tried to do that. I just try to be as natural as I can, to make the others feel comfortable.
“I take pleasure from helping others. It makes me happy. To see Gabriel [Martinelli] scoring his first goal and looking towards his family — this gives me pleasure.
“To see Bukayo [Saka] playing at 18 years old in a big club — this gives me pleasure. I was playing in the third division when I was 18! To see Hector [Bellerin] come back from his injury with such hunger — this gives me pleasure.”
Arsenal have a lot of young players around the squad at the moment.
There are those only just stepping up from the academy like Bukayo Saka, those with only a year or two of experience like Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe, new signings like Gabriel Martinelli and Kieran Tierney, and how they all settle in depends on the more experienced members of the squad.
If the likes of Luiz can make them all feel at home on and off the pitch, it will really help Arsenal’s chances. The former Chelsea defender may be new to the club as well, but his experience in England and in the Premier League is still invaluable on that front.