Ornstein: Emery set to be sacked today, Arsenal board meeting this morning
The Arsenal board are holding an emergency meeting this morning with Unai Emery set to be sacked following a disastrous start to the new season
The Arsenal board are holding an emergency meeting this morning with Unai Emery set to be sacked following a disastrous start to the new season, according to reports.
Thursday night saw Arsenal throw away yet another lead to lose 2-1 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League meaning a positive result is needed away to Standard Liege to guarantee qualification to the knockout rounds.
The defeat was the latest in a string of poor results at it extended our winless run to seven games in all competitions. Arsenal haven’t won any of their last five Premier League games and face an uphill battle to finish in the top four.
Last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Southampton has left us sitting eighth in the table and eight points off fourth place so Emery was under huge pressure going into last night’s Europa League clash with Frankfurt.
It looked like Arsenal were heading for a morale-boosting win when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring just before half-time but Frankfurt turned things around in the second half leaving Emery facing the sack.
The Daily Mail are one of several news outlets reporting that the Arsenal hierarchy are meeting this morning to hold emergency talks regarding Emery’s future with the vast majority of the board now wanting him gone.
Respected journalist David Ornstein says in his piece in The Athletic that Emery is expected to be sacked today with Freddie Ljungberg set to be installed as interim manager until a permanent replacement is found.
The board had planned to review Emery’s position at the end of the current campaign after we missed out on the top four and Champions League football last season but the woeful results have forced their hand early.
Arsenal spent heavily in the summer and the squad is easily good enough to be challenging for third/fourth this season but Emery’s confusing tactics, shocking team selections and questionable substitutions have left led to our worst run in form since 1992.
The supporters have lost faith in Emery and judging by the performances in recent weeks, the players are no longer playing for the manager so his position has now become untenable.
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