David Luiz responds to Unai Emery’s criticism of Arsenal players

David Luiz has improved significantly under the management of Mikel Arteta
David Luiz has improved significantly under the management of Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)

David Luiz insists he harbours no ill-will towards Unai Emery, despite the former Arsenal manager blaming senior players for his downfall.

Emery was sacked in November, barely 18 months after succeeding Arsene Wenger, following a calamitous run of results which left the Gunners in the bottom half of the Premier League table.

The Spaniard cited the attitude of several senior players as a factor in his failure to build on a promising start, but Luiz maintains the three-time Europa League winning coach is a top class manager.

He said: ‘I think he was a great, great guy, great coach. In football we need results, if the results aren’t coming everybody is going to try to find out why.

‘I think he has his vision and we have to accept that in a nice way and in a humble way.’

Unai Emery was sacked in November following a terrible run of results
Unai Emery was sacked in November following a terrible run of results (Picture: Getty)

Luiz, meanwhile, has been one of the main beneficiaries of Mikel Arteta’s appointment as Emery’s permanent replacement and the experienced Brazilian is full of praise for the former club captain.

He added: ‘I think we are doing things every single week in a positive way, we are improving.

‘Then in the end we start to get some results and we start to think about the table, start to think we still have the possibility and then we try until the end to do our best in the season.

‘I am happy with the team, I am happy with how we are understanding better what Mikel wants from us every week. We are improving as a team.’

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