By Rory Jennings For Mailonline
Published: 15:00 GMT, 21 January 2020 | Updated: 15:11 GMT, 21 January 2020
Chelsea welcome back a former friend in David Luiz in tonight's London derby with Arsenal, but Blues fan RORY JENNINGS explains why the Champions League-winning hero won't get the red carpet treatment
David Luiz is a clown. Now, there is nothing particularly controversial or insightful about me saying that - the general consensus of football support would agree with that sentiment.
What is surprising, though, is quite how well he had me and a lot of other Chelsea fans fooled.
David Luiz will return to his former stomping ground of Stamford Bridge with Arsenal tonight
The defender celebrates winning the Champions League when Chelsea won it in 2012
He was also a key man as Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea side won the Europa League last season
I was genuinely gutted when he opted to throw his Chelsea legacy in the Thames and sign for Arsenal.
My Gunners-supporting cousin was aghast at his arrival, while I was adamant that this was an excellent move from his perspective.
Luiz's betrayal hurt but I was also under the incorrect impression that Chelsea had gifted Arsenal not only a class player, but also the exact player that they have been missing since Ashley Cole signed for Chelsea – a proven winner.
I loved Luiz at Chelsea. Sitting in the opposite end of the Allianz Arena and watching him aggressively score his pivotal penalty in the Champions League final will forever live with me.
There was a sense that Arsenal were getting hold of a proven winner when they signed Luiz
He scored a pivotal penalty during the Champions League final in Munich in 2012
Watching him defend with a resoluteness that John Terry would admire and kick-start our attacks in a way comparable only to the great Cesc Fabregas in the year Antonio Conte took us to the title was a thing of Beauty.