Steven Gerrard says Douglas Luiz “understands and respects” Aston Villa’s decision to block his Arsenal move on deadline day.
Arsenal failed in their attempts to bring Luiz to the Emirates and Villa turned down several offers for the Brazil midfielder.
The Gunners were optimistic about striking a deal with their Premier League rivals but saw at least two offers worth around £23million rejected.
Luiz has made 116 appearances for Aston Villa since signing from Manchester City in 2019, scoring a goal in the 2-1 defeat by Arsenal earlier in the week.
Addressing Arsenal’s pursuit of Luiz, Gerrard said: “I’m confident he will 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. Personally, I fully support the club’s stance in this regard.
“I spoke to him personally yesterday and he understood where we are and the position of the club.
“He respects the decision very much so hopefully in the hours and days to come it will settle down and he’ll be fine to move on.”
Arsenal have made five signings during the summer transfer window but have wanted to bolster Mikel Arteta’s midfield options after injuring Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny.
The Gunners have had a brilliant start to the season, winning their first five games to climb to the top of the Premier League before their trip to Manchester United on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Arsenal hero Ray Parlor has questioned Aston Villa’s decision to keep Luiz at the club, saying it could come back to bite them next summer.
Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “Sometimes you just don’t get that deal. I don’t know what the deal would have been to get the right money for Villa to agree.
“Probably would have gotten him around £30m-35m but Arsenal probably looked at the financial situation and said we can’t go that far.
“That’s what happens in football when the transfer window is closed. Villa will now try to move him in January, but I don’t know if it will be less money then.
“I think Villa fans if he doesn’t sign a new contract I see no point in keeping him, I really can’t.”
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