The Brazil international defender has met Spurs 13 times before in his career, but Sunday will be the first time as an Arsenal player
Coming up against Tottenham is nothing new to David Luiz.
Since he first arrived in England in 2011, the Brazilian centre-back has taken on Spurs 13 times, winning eight of those games and losing just twice.
But this weekend is different. It’s not just the first North London Derby of the season on Sunday at the Emirates, it’s the first one of Luiz’s career.
And the 32-year-old, who left Chelsea to move to Arsenal on transfer deadline day earlier this month, admits it’s a game that he can't wait to be involved in.
“It’s going to be special for me for sure,” said the former Blues defender.
“It’s always special to play football. I play football because I love football. That’s why I’m still playing, that’s why I still have ambition and try to do big things in football.”
Both teams go into Sunday’s meeting at the Emirates Stadium on the back of their first defeat of the new season.
Arsenal were beaten 3-1 at Liverpool on Saturday before Newcastle snatched a shock 1-0 success at Spurs 24 hours later.
Victory this weekend would see the Gunners open up a five point lead on their neighbours, who boss Mauricio Pochettino admits have been unsettled by the fact that the European transfer window is still open.
Doubts over the futures of key players such as Christian Eriksen have cast a shadow over the opening weeks of the new campaign at Tottenham, and Arsenal will be looking to take advantage of that on Sunday.