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Frank Lampard won’t regret David Luiz decision, says Emmanuel Petit

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David Luiz joined Arsenal for £8m (Picture: Getty)

Former Chelsea midfielder Emmanuel Petit has backed Frank Lampard’s decision to offload David Luiz to Arsenal and says the Blues will not regret the decision.

Luiz completed a shock move to the Emirates on deadline day after Arsenal agreed an £8m deal with Chelsea for the 32-year-old.

Lampard made it clear to Luiz that he was no longer in his plans but the decision to allow him to join a direct rival remained a surprising one.

But Pettit, who represented both clubs during his playing days, says Lampard made the right decision.

Lampard has tasted defeat twice in four days (Picture: Getty)

‘The fact that David Luiz left the club the way he did tells me that Lampard told him he was not going to feature regularly in his team,”

‘Luiz is 32 years old, and Lampard knows what he’s like as a player and was fine with showing him the door – I don’t think that’s the issue here.

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‘For me, it should have been done earlier and that’s the problem. I’m not very happy seeing players moving clubs when the competitions are starting, it just causes trouble.

‘But for me, Lampard sent a clear message to Luiz by showing him the door, that he is not his priority, so I doubt he regrets his decision.’

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Luiz is yet to make his debut for Arsenal and was on the bench for their win against Newcastle last Sunday.

The Brazilian could feature as Arsenal host Burnley at the Emirates on Saturday.

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