Emery sacked by Arsenal
Arsenal have sacked head coach Unai Emery and placed Freddie Ljungberg in interim charge.
Emery’s position at the Emirates had been in doubt for several weeks after a dismal run of results and Thursday’s 2-1 home defeat in the Europa League to Eintracht Frankfurt was the final straw.
The Gunners are without a win in their last seven games in all competitions, losing three and drawing four, and the former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain chief Emery has paid the price.
Arsenal released a statement on Friday morning confirming the news, which was expected, while they added that former midfielder Ljungberg would take charge for an interim period.
The statement read: “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 added: “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.”
Emery was appointed in summer 2018 after Arsene Wenger’s 22 years in charge came to an end and hopes were high the Spaniard, who had won the Europa League three times with Sevilla, would get them back into top- four contention and competing regularly for trophies.
However, he could only guide them to fifth in the Premier League last season and the current campaign has not gone to plan with the Gunners sitting down in eighth place, eight points behind London rivals Chelsea in fourth.
Ljungberg is set to take charge of Sunday’s trip to Norwich City.
Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.