Arsenal veteran centre-back sends message to Unai Emery

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David Luiz has issued a heartfelt apology to Unai Emery after Arsenal fired their manager on Friday.

The Brazil international was signed by Unai Emery on the final day of the summer transfer window in a £7million deal from Chelsea.

David Luiz had worked under the Spaniard briefly at PSG and was recruited to add experience and stability to an infamously porous defence.

The 32-year-old defender has turned out to be a disastrous signing, though, and was branded ‘uncoachable’ by Gary Neville following last night’s 2-1 defeat versus Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.

David Luiz sustained a rib injury in the first half and is a doubt for Sunday’s match versus Norwich admits he and his teammates let his old manager down.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘Sad day for everybody, especially because we let you down boss, sorry!

‘Thank you and the amazing staff for everything! You are a hard worker, passionate for football and a big example always, doesn’t matter the results!

‘Good luck for the future, Unai Emery.’

Freddie Ljungberg has taken interim charge of the first-team, while the club’s hierarchy set about the task of finding Unai Emery’s permanent successor.

Mikel Arteta, Max Allegri, Nuno Espirito Santo and Carlo Ancelotti are the early contenders but club legend Ljungberg will be in charge for the visit to Carrow Road.

In a passionate message to Arsenal supporters, he said: However long I oversee Arsenal for I will give everything. I have to put smiles on faces again.

‘We have a busy few weeks ahead, and the team needs your support. Let’s get to work!’