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Steven Gerrard reveals how Douglas Luiz reacted to failed Arsenal transfer

Steven Gerrard says Douglas Luiz ‘understands and respects’ Aston Villa’s decision to block his deadline-day move to Arsenal.

Arsenal failed in their attempts to bring Luiz to the Emirates, with Villa rejecting multiple bids for the Brazilian midfielder.

The Gunners were optimistic of striking a deal with their Premier League rivals but saw at least two bids worth around £23m rejected.

Luiz has made 116 appearances for Aston Villa since signing from Manchester City in 2019 and scored in their 2-1 defeat to Arsenal earlier in the week.

Addressing Arsenal’s pursuit of Luiz, Gerrard said: ‘I’ve got confidence that he’ll understand the situation and the club’s decision.

‘We didn’t want to lose a very important player and a top player so late in the window. From a personal point of view I very much back the club’s stance on that.

‘I spoke to him face-to-face yesterday and he understood where we were at and the position the club was in.

‘He very much respects the decision so hopefully it will calm down in the hours and days to follow and he’ll be fine moving forward.’

Arsenal made five signings during the summer transfer window but were keen to bolster Mikel Arteta’s midfield options after suffering injury blows to Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny.

The Gunners have enjoyed a brilliant start to the season, winning their first five matches to climb to the top of the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s trip to Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Arsenal hero Ray Parlour has questioned Aston Villa’s decision to keep Luiz at the club and says it could come back to bite them next summer.

Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: ‘Sometimes you just can’t come to that deal. I don’t know what the deal would have been to get the right money for Villa to agree.

‘Probably about £30m to £35m would have got him but Arsenal were probably looking at the financial situation and saying well we can’t go that far.

‘That’s what happens in football once that transfer window closes. Villa will now be looking at January to try and move him on but whether it will be less money then I don’t know.

‘I think Villa fans, if he’s not going to sign a new contract I don’t see the point in keeping him, I really can’t.’

 

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