Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was responsible for selling Luiz immediately he became the Chelsea manager, as he sold off the Brazilian to Arsenal on transfer deadline day.

It hasn’t been smooth sailing for Luiz in North London, and the last time he faced Chelsea he was served a red card.

Many believe that the 33-year-old will be a weaklink in the FA Cup final on Saturday, but Lampard insists that he hasn’t targeted the former Chelsea defender.

Asked if Chelsea had identified Luiz as a possible Arsenal weak point, Lampard replied: “No, I certainly haven’t.

“I look at Arsenal as a collective and look at the individuals of the team, and however we prepare for the game has to remain private.

“But what I do have for David is a real respect. “I played with him as a team-mate in the Champions League in 2012 and the bond of that group was huge.

“David was a big personality, a big player within that. “When I think about preparing for a game against Arsenal with David in the team, I know how good he can be and the influence he will be in the team. “So I look at him in that way, absolutely.”


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