Eighteen months after being signed as Arsenal coach in May 2018, Unai Emery was given the boot after the North London club lost 1-2 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in a Europa League fixture on Thursday. Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi and technical director Edu informed Emery about his sacking at 09:00 hrs on Friday and the players were told at 10:00 hrs as they arrived for a recovery session.
The Gunners have managed just four wins from their 13 Premier League games and have gone through the last seven fixtures in all competitions without one. Their 8th position on the Premier League table at the current stage of the championship makes it the worst the club has had since 1992. They are without a Premier League victory since October 6th and 8 points off the Top four and are even in danger of missing out on next season’s Europa League (that is if they finish the EPL below the 8th position). The Arsenal management has been quoted as saying that the decision has been “taken due to results and performances not being at the level required”
The 48-year old Spanish coach who previously led Paris St-Germain to the French league title and won three Europa League titles with Sevilla has been temporarily replaced by assistant and former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg.
Reports of Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo as a potential successor for Emery are doing the rounds. Other names linked with the post include former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta, ex-Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.