Every time we read an interview with David Luiz he comes across as an affable, erudite, humble and enthusiastic character who clearly recognises that there’s more to life than football.
Sure, he’s made mistakes on the pitch since he joined from Chelsea – some quite annoying ones at that – but he’s been quick to front up and appears to be a popular presence in the dressing room.
From Rob Holding revealing that the centre-back had received a ‘get well soon’ message following his ACL injury last year to teenage members of the squad praising the Brazilian’s approachability and willingness to pass on advice, it’s obvious the centre-back is a good egg.
At 32, Luiz is also the oldest member of Unai Emery’s squad and it’s a role he seems to be enjoying.
Speaking to the Telegraph ahead of Monday’s game with Sheffield United, he said: “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.”
The Brazilian also touched on bringing a winning mentality to the Emirates. Having won titles in Portugal, France and England and with Champions League and Europa League titles under his belt, it’s a topic he’s well-placed to speak about.
“The more you win, the more you believe, the more it becomes easier,” he says.
“It starts to become automatic. You know what you have to do, you know the mentality. It is not about the beginning, it is about the end. Last season everybody was killing Chelsea, killing [Maurizio] Sarri. In the end, we won a title. Everybody was speaking about other clubs and in the end they did not win anything. It is about the end.
“Arsenal was always a big club. The club is always going to be big. Of course, in the last few years, because the club is so big everybody expects more titles. This is natural. I came here because I see they have the potential to do that, to fight for that. This is my mentality, this is my ambition, this is what I want in this club.
“We have the potential. We have talented players, experienced players, a team with quality, a club where they give us all the conditions to fight. We have amazing support. What more do we need?”