Unai Emery has been sacked by Arsenal, the club has confirmed this morning (November 29).
The head coach has overseen a bitterly disappointing run of results which has left the Gunners eighth in the table and eight points off the Champions League places.
Emery, 48, joined the club in the summer of 2018 after Arsene Wenger’s departure but it hasn’t worked out.
A 2-1 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in front of a half-empty stadium in the Europa League last night was the final straw.
Freddie Ljungberg will now become the first team head coach on an interim basis while the club recruit a new boss.
‘Performances not at the level required’Embed from Getty Images
Speaking on behalf of the Arsenal board 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 statement added: “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.”
Arsenal had a top four finish well within their grasp heading into the final games of last season but capitulated and ended up finishing fifth, as well as getting thrashed 4-1 by Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku.
It meant that Arsenal missed out on their priority of qualifying for Europe’s elite competition but Emery’s first year was always going to be one of transition.
Unfortunately, the poor run of form which blighted the end of the last campaign has not only continued into the new one but performances have continued to deteriorate rapidly as Emery’s team landslide down the table.
With just two wins from the last 11 Premier League games, only four all season, and the club’s worst start to a league campaign for 37 years, it’s no surprise Emery has been shown the exit door.Embed from Getty Images
The Arsenal hierarchy publicly backed the Spaniard just weeks ago but the 2-2 draw at home to relegation-threatened Southampton and terrible performance has proven to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
It felt like the dreaded vote of confidence that precedes the sacking of a coach at the time when the club said he was “the right man for the job” and that’s exactly what it has turned out to be.
A large number of fans have been calling for Emery to be fired in recent weeks because of poor results, poor performances, no style of play and a distinct lack of identity.
Josh Kroenke, Raul Sanllehi and co have now acted.