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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: David Luiz of Arsenal throws the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on September 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: David Luiz of Arsenal throws the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on September 22, 2019, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

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.”

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: David Luiz of Arsenal warms up with team mates Lucas Torreira, Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe ahead of the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on August 11, 2019, in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – AUGUST 11: David Luiz of Arsenal warms up with teammates Lucas Torreira, Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe ahead of the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on August 11, 2019, in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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.

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