David Luiz believes Chelsea not only need to beat Arsenal to win the Europa League but they also need to overcome Unai Emery which strikes me as being the same thing, but here we are.
As the build-up to Wednesday’s European London derby ramps up, players and managers are being probed for their opinions on the upcoming match.
Speaking to David Luiz, the Guardian report the former PSG man, who played under Emery, as saying, “I think Arsenal are doing great.
“It is never easy to change, especially after the many years the ‘Mister’, Arsène Wenger, was there. Then Unai came to try to build a new philosophy and to try to gain the trust of the players, from the fans, from the club. I think he has been doing an amazing job.
“I had the opportunity to work with Unai for a few months. He’s a great guy, a great coach, a great person. He’s passionate. He loves his work. He likes to build teams who are spirited, play with passion and you can see that. He has had the opportunity to work with a lot of young players and I think they have understood his philosophy.
“In this competition especially he knows how to win. That’s why Arsenal are there, that’s why Unai is there. Again! That’s another thing we have to understand: We have to beat Unai as well as Arsenal in the final.”
Chelsea go into this game with something of a midfield crisis. They have only three fit central midfielders available after N’Golo Kante picked up a knee injury in training ruling him out of the Europa League final. It’s a cruel blow for one of the best players in the Premier League, especially as he’d worked so hard to overcome a hamstring problem picked up against Watford.
That being said, it should help Arsenal so there aren’t any tears at Cannon Towers over this news.