“I think Unai is a great coach … I don’t judge anyone”: David Luiz refuses to bite back on Emery after criticizing the deployment of the Arsenal team
- Unai Emery recently claimed that some players “did not have a good attitude”
- But Arsenal in the middle behind David Luiz refused to bite back on Emery’s criticism
- Emery was fired by the Gunners in November after a bad start to the season
- Arsenal will face Olympiacos on Thursday evening
David Luiz refused to participate in a decisive game with Unai Emery after the former Arsenal boss criticized their team’s commitment.
Emery, who was fired after a bad start to the season in November, recently claimed that some players “did not have a good attitude” and “asked for more than what they gave back.”
But Luiz chose not to bite the criticism and insist: “I think Unai is a great coach, a great person. Things didn’t work very well, especially the results, and it’s normal to try to find some answers with his vision.
Arsenal in the middle behind David Luiz refused to bite back after Unai Emery criticized the team
“I don’t judge anyone. I still admire him a lot and I think that from my point of view it is not intelligent when I say something.
“I think he was great, great guy, great coach. Football we need the results, if the results don’t come, everyone will try to find out why and everyone has their vision.
“I think he has his vision and we have to accept that in a nice and modest way.”
The mood improved around the Emirates after firing Emery and Sunday’s 4-0 win over Newcastle earned Arsenal six points in fifth place – which could be good enough to secure Champions League football after the European ban from Manchester City.
Luiz labeled Emery a “great coach, a great person” despite his recent critical remarks
In the coming weeks, Mikel Arteta will hope to close that gap in games against Brighton and West Ham.
But Luiz maintains that they have been burned too often to assume that victories will come easily, even against struggling parties.
“We’re losing points with this type of team, so we can’t judge by the name,” he said.
‘It’s up to us to understand what we do every day and to keep improving.
“Don’t think about the name of the opponent, we should try to win games and try to be there because we still have the ability.”
The win over Newcastle was desperately needed for Arsenal, who had struggled to improve points under their new manager.
The mood has improved at Arsenal after their 4-0 thrashing from Newcastle on Sunday
Although they are in tenth place, supporters have renewed the hope of securing European football again. But again, Luiz preaches with caution and claims: ‘I think you have to start something like we did, with a new philosophy, with a new coach, with a different system, you have to think step by step.
“The first was to try to create the identity of the team, improve it in many ways, improve on the training field, improve our behavior, improve our way of training, our way of seeing things, improve our mentality . “
He added: ‘Then we finally start to get some results and we start thinking about the table, we start to think we still have the opportunity and then we try to do our best in the season until the end.
“I think we played better matches when we didn’t win, but I’m happy with the team, I’m happy with how we better understand what Mikel wants from us every week. We improve as a team. “