Frank Lampard revealed he has no personal issues with David Luiz after allowing him to leave for Arsenal.
The Brazilian completed a £8m switch to Arsenal last summer. After ignoring a few questions about the player, Lampard said, “Maybe I was a bit harsh not to answer [original question] directly. What I don’t want to do is make it a personal question going into a game against a player who I respect and played with.
“If you look at our defenders and the emergence of [Fikayo] Tomori, it has been a big plus for us. It was just a decision that was made and while I’m here there will be countless more of those.
“Again, I certainly wish Luiz well. He was part of a Champions League-winning team with me, he played with half a hamstring in the final – I know that. He got himself fit when he was under pressure with the injury. I will always respect that.”
Arteta will going up against Chelsea in his first home game as the Arsenal manager. Lampard added, “I think there are challenges daily, he would have seen that at Manchester City but observed it more as support for Guardiola.
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“Now it is his turn to make those decisions themselves. The years he had with Guardiola puts him in great stead so I don’t think there is an issue there. You also need good people around you and I saw Arteta has got his staff together. He will rely on them and Guardiola relied on him, I certainly rely on mine.”