David Luiz is proving a hit at Arsenal both on and off the field, according to team-mate Calum Chambers.
The Brazil defender has won 15 major honours during his career and, despite question marks over his concentration at times, he was signed to add a wealth of knowledge to the Arsenal back line.
Sunday saw his first Arsenal goal and his maiden clean sheet for Unai Emery’s side, who sit just a point behind reigning Premier League champions Manchester City heading into the international break.
Chambers revealed that, not only has Luiz made a difference on the pitch, his presence around the training ground and dressing room has also not gone unnoticed.
“David has been brilliant, he has come in and no-one in the club has a bad word to say about him,” he said.
“He is one of the nicest guys I have met, he talks to you, gives you advice and makes everyone feel like he is giving you his undivided attention.
“Off the pitch, he is a great guy and on the pitch he brings his qualities and is playing well at the moment.
“He brings some added experience, obviously he was won things and I haven’t won as many things as he has, so there are things I can learn from him both on and off the pitch, it is always good to have experience like that in the team.”
Luiz, 32, joined from Chelsea in August and recorded his maiden goal and first clean sheet as the Gunners won 1-0 to move third in the table, just a point adrift of reigning champions Manchester City.
The shut-out was only the second time in 13 league games that Emery’s side have stopped the opposition from scoring as Bournemouth lacked a cutting edge at the Emirates Stadium.
Luiz’s glancing header from Nicolas Pepe’s ninth-minute corner ended up settling the contest – with Emery praising the defender after the game.
“Yes, because he’s very positive,” he replied when asked if Luiz is popular in the dressing room.
“Every time he’s speaking about positive things and helping young players. He came late into the squad but really, his commitment is very high with us, and his behaviour is too. Everybody is happy with that.”