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Arsenal have today announced that Unai Emery has been sacked as Gunners boss after 18 months at the helm.
Arsenal’s statement in full is as follows: “We announce today that the decision has been taken to part company with our head coach Unai Emery and his coaching team.
“Speaking on behalf of the Arsenal board and our owners Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, Josh Kroenke said: “Our most sincere thanks go to Unai and his colleagues who were unrelenting in their efforts to get the club back to competing at the level we all expect and demand. We wish Unai and his team nothing but future success.”
“The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required.
“We have asked Freddie Ljungberg to take responsibility for the first team as interim head coach. We have full confidence in Freddie to take us forward.
“The search for a new head coach is underway and we will make a further announcement when that process is complete.”
What Emery told players after Arsenal loss
Arsenal boss Unai Emery had a message for his players after the Gunners lost against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.
According to The Athletic, Arsenal are set to relieve Emery of his duties today.
The report claims that in the dressing room after the defeat to Frankfurt, the boss had a clear message for his players.
He is said to have told the players to forget about the result on Thursday, because Sunday’s match at Norwich is far more important.
Arsenal to sack Emery and appoint Ljungberg
Arsenal will sack manager Unai Emery and place assistant coach Freddie Ljungberg as temporary boss later today, according to the Athletic.
A board meeting has been pencilled in for later today where chiefs will discuss a plan to move the club forward.
And the Athletic claim Emery will be removed from his post with ex-winger Ljungberg taking over the reigns until a permanent replacement is found.
Ex-Valencia, Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery is under contract until 2021 and has been publicly backed by the hierarchy.
But with the club looking increasingly unlikely to finish in the Champions League places a major decision is expected to be made.
Arsenal to sack update
Arsenal could be set to sack Unai Emery within hours, Spanish reports have claimed. It’s believed that last night’s defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt could be the final straw after a dismal run of form which has seen the Gunners win just one game in their last nine matches.
According to Mundo Deportivo journalist Francesc Aguilar, Arsenal are set to sack Emery within hours.
He tweeted after the match: “The continuity of Unai Emery in Arsenal has the hours counted.
“It is strange the behaviour of its players in the field with a level much lower than its quality.
“The Eintracht in Frankfurt left them in evidence in the Europa League.”
Hartson on Emery exit
John Hartson thinks Unai Emery’s departure is now “almost imminent” and he is clear that the board have an important decision to make as to how they proceed.
“I think it is almost imminent,” Hartson told BT Sport when asked about Emery being sacked.
“The interesting thing for me is, do they earmark a manager and give [Emery] a bit of time in charge, while they look and speak to other mangers and try and get somebody in.
“Or do they go interim. To a [Freddie] Ljungberg or Steve Bould, who is still at the club, while they search for a new boss.
“There are still a couple out there.”
Arsenal board to meet about Emery today
Arsenal board members will meet today to discuss Unai Emery’s future.
The Spaniard is under immense pressure at the Emirates after losing against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night.
And The Mirror claim Emery is on the brink of been sacked ahead of the Gunners’ trip to Norwich.
They say Arsenal board members will meet to discuss the crisis at the Emirates.
Keown backs Emery exit
Arsenal icon Martin Keown has urged the club’s powerbrokers to “make the decisions that need to be made” regarding the future of the under-pressure Unai Emery.
“We just witnessed an absolute shambles of a performance in that second half,” the former defender fumed on BT Sport.
“The team selection, the team motivation, the substitutions, the performance.
“Everything was missing here, it was a dreadful performance.
“I think maybe the manager is in a position where he might feel he has to step to one side now. Serious questions really need to be asked. This is as bad as I’ve seen it.
“I know change was needed. Wenger was at the football club just a little bit too long but now it looks as if the club have got to go in a different direction.
“This is relegation form. Do the club really realise how tricky this is now going to be? Decisions have got to be made.
“The football people at the top of the club, make the decisions that need to be made otherwise Arsenal are going to plunder further down the trouble.”
Arsenal sounding out Emery replacements
Arsenal are sounding out possible replacements for Unai Emery.
The Times say Freddie Ljungberg is a strong candidate to replace the Spaniard on a temporary basis.
The Gunners travel to Norwich on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League.
However, it remains to be seen whether Emery will be in charge at Carrow Road as the pressure mounts on the Arsenal boss.
Who could replace Emery?
Nuno Espirito Santo, Mikel Arteta and Mauricio Pochettino are the favourites to be the next permanent Arsenal boss.
The bookmakers have Wolves’ Santo as the 4/5 favourite to take over at the Emirates if Emery is axed.
Former Arsenal ace Arteta is next in line at 5/1, with ex-Tottenham boss Pochettino currently at 7/1.
Punters can also get Ljungberg at 8/1 to be named the next permanent manager.
Ray Parlour issues Patrick Vieira message
Ray Parlour has told Arsenal to sack Unai Emery today and replace him with Patrick Vieira.
“I don’t think he will be there on Sunday. They really have to make that big decision,” Parlour told talkSPORT.
“Edu and those who are making that big decision have got to ask ‘Has he lost the dressing room?’
“I’m not there on a daily basis but they are. They see what is going on around the dressing room.
“If he has lost the dressing room then you have got to make a decision today.”
Emery was pleased after Eintracht Frankfurt defeat
Unai Emery was pleased with Arsenal’s progress despite their 2-1 defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday evening.
He said: “We are better than we are showing.
“The response from the players in the first half was good but the injuries was important because we needed fresh players and we couldn’t do that.
“I am thinking about the next match and how we can improve.
“If we play like in the first half, that is the way.
“I think we improved some things to make sure we could take the three points but we lost all our work in 15 minutes.
“The first thing to recover confidence is to win. This is the first match we lost at home.”