Arsenal FC has sacked manager Unai Emery following the disastrous sequence of results that culminated in Thursday’s 2-1 home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League in front of a largely empty Emirates Stadium.
The club’s board had publicly backed their manager during the recent international break saying he was “the right man for the job” but that “things need to improve”.
However Saturday’s toxic 2-2 draw with struggling Southampton and Thursday’s Europa League defeat seem to have forced their hand and Freddie Ljungberg will take temporary charge of the team.
Emery has left Arsenal with the club eighth in the Premier League – eight points behind the top four, and behind both Burnley and Sheffield United.
The Gunners are on a seven-match winless run that began with the home draw against Crystal Palace on 27 October. They were unlucky to lose out on penalties following a 5-5 Carabao Cup thriller against Liverpool, but then drew at home to Wolves in the league and away at Vitoria Guimaraes in Europe, before being outclassed 2-0 at Leicester.
The final straws proved to be last Saturday’s draw at the Emirates against Southampton, where they were extremely fortunate to get a point, while last night’s 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in front of a sparse crowd showed the fans were voting with their feet.
Last season his side spluttered to fifth in the league after losing their final three games, but he took Arsenal to the Europa League final thanks to a brilliant 7-3 aggregate win over Valencia. However, it all ended with a 4-1 shoeing by Chelsea in Baku.
This season’s opening two victories in the league proved to be false dawns, and Arsenal have only added two more, with four wins from 13 Premier League games, six draws and three defeats.