David Luiz gave an emotional farewell speech to his Arsenal teammates ahead of their final match of the Premier League season, with the centre-back leaving the Emirates when his contract expires this summer.
Victory would be a perfect send-off for Luiz, who has struggled with injury recently, and the Brazilian gave a heartfelt speech to the Arsenal squad on the eve of the game, even revealing his desire to move into coaching – though he still has a few more years left as a player.
‘If, in some moments, I did something bad with you guys, sorry, but it was always my intention to give my best for you guys,’ he told the squad at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground on Saturday.
‘But for sure it’s great. It’s never easy when you finish a cycle but it’s always great because God has the best for us. I just say to you guys, especially the young guys, enjoy it because football goes so quickly. One day I was the youngest in the changing room, now I’m the oldest.’At this point Luiz’s voice started to croak and he became rather tearful, prompting a round of applause from his teammates, before he finished off his speech.
‘I’ve just played football, and continued to play football, because I really love football, that’s why,’ he added. ‘So enjoy this moment of our lives. One day it’s going to finish, but try to finish it at the high level – and the high level is giving everything every day and enjoy and share moments together.’