Emery sends letter of thanks to everyone at Arsenal

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Unai Emery has released a letter via the Arsenal website in which he thanks the supporters, his colleagues, the club’s employees and the players.

It’s a classy gesture from the Spaniard who this morning was relieved of his duties after a terrible run of results.

It’s sad that it hasn’t worked out for Emery. When he arrived at the club 18 months ago, we were ready for change and hopeful that he was the right man to take the club forward. We wish him and his team all the best for the future.


Emery’s farewell statement in full:

It has been an honour to be the Arsenal head coach.

To all the fans, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for helping me to understand and feel the greatness of Arsenal. To all of you who have supported us from every corner of the globe, all of you who have come to the Emirates, all of you who have waited in the rain and cold just to greet me after a game. I want to tell all of you that I have worked with passion, with commitment and with effort.

I would have liked nothing more than to have achieved better results for you.

I also want to send a message of gratitude to all Arsenal employees for the way they have treated me. The greatness of Arsenal is in every director, executive, employee, assistant and volunteer.

In particular, I want to highlight Ivan Gazidis, who welcomed me to the club, and Raul Sanllehi, Edu and Vinai Venkatesham for their respect, companionship and help. Until the very last minute I have been treated with honour and honesty. And of course, I send my sincere gratitude to the Kroenke family, for their trust.

It has been a year and a half full of emotions, of great moments and some other more bitter ones, but not a single day has gone by without me stopping to think about how lucky I have been to work for this club with these players and their professional and personal qualities.

They have always honoured the shirt they wear. They deserve your support.

I had already experienced a lot in football, but I have enjoyed and learned a lot in England, in the Premier League, about respect for professionals and about the purity of football.

My best wishes always.

COYG

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Paul
Paul

Seems he could’ve said this sooner, oh well

DrabWilly
DrabWilly

Bit harsh, he was only sacked this morning.

Abba
Abba

You slow will…he meant he should have been sacked earlier. Sad to see so many dislikes when the fans were the ones who wanted to see him go. This is a prime reason the board doesn’t make decisions based on the feelings of supporters.

Oberon
Oberon

What an ungarcious comment after someone says thank you after being sacked. Grow up you twot

Oberon
Oberon

That was dick comment

Gio
Gio

Classy till the end. Wish him all the best for the future.

SB Still
SB Still

Agree.

Hope he finds a club that’s suits him better, no doubting that he tried his best.

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

Hope he coaches players who are mentally strong in the future.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

Either that or get Amy Adams from Arrival to be the go between.

Guendozit!
Guendozit!

I hopped in the comment section for this comment, lol.

Sancheezy
Sancheezy

I cannot remember if James had mentioned this on his new pod (brought to you by The Athletic) or if it was on the Arsecast, but Emery isn’t used to handling a bug club and always has worked best with clubs with smaller budgets.

Gsevan
Gsevan

haha, it is getting a bit ‘… in The Athletic’ heavy, ain’t it.

ODB
ODB

Gsevan man, literally everywhere. Every football source is from the Athletic. They’re having a swell time, aren’t they.

mrugunner
mrugunner

wolves?

ChennaiGooner@NC

Now that he has left, I think I can safely say this: We didn’t deserve him – a thorough gentleman! He was never meant to be in England! I believe we are a toxic fanbase – we’ve thrown expletives at everyone since including Arsene Wenger! I hate to say this: we should ‘never let them walk alone’, but we have been doing that for a while now…

Goonsquad
Goonsquad

You can take the views expressed by a noisy minority and pretend it’s representative of all of us if it fits your agenda, doesn’t mean you’re not still talking twaddle.

A Gorilla
A Gorilla

Now he’s gone let’s all say nice things…

Bill McBillerson
Bill McBillerson

ypu Can show empathy with someone who just got fired while thinking he had to go. Regardless of the job he has done he is still a person, and his letter is class.

A Gorilla
A Gorilla

Classy gesture perhaps, but a gesture all the same. Like his arsenal career, his words are meaningless. Sorry but I’m still fucked off his poor choices have put us in such a shit situation at a pivotal time in the clubs history.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Life is all about making gestures.

Lithuanian gooner
Lithuanian gooner

I hope everybody, that will be in contact with Arsenal, be blessed eoth class. Thanks Unai fo everything. May you legacy shoe, that you have to be a protagonist

Pat Fried Rice with Egg
Pat Fried Rice with Egg

Form is temporary, class is permanent

Alison
Alison

Best wishes for the future Unai

Dave M
Dave M

2nd that. Clearly out of his depth, but a good guy.

Mekus
Mekus

Wish him all d best

Leo
Leo

Thanks for the Memery, Unai!

Chris
Chris

Unai memery.

VAR will solve the problem
VAR will solve the problem

Classy response.
Thank you, Emery! Sorry that it didn’t work out. Hopefully this experience will help you grow and be succesful elsewhere.
Nothing to dislike about the person but out of his depth.

Lessons learned for the club? may b hite someone with the knowledge of the premiere league this time.

Jagger
Jagger

What “knowledge” of the Premier League did Wenger have when he arrived? What about Guardiola, Klopp, Pochettino, He who shall not be named, Nuno Santo, Conte, Ancellotti etc?
And what do you even mean by “knowledge”? Is it experience? Contacts?

Maybe it’s time to reassess how “special” the Premier League really is.

Voldemort
Voldemort

He made mistakes thats obvious and clear, but as gary neville said our recruitment is pathetic. Our defenders cannot defend. If the nexr manager gets this lot to concede less goals and resemble an actual defence then Emery is totally to blame but im not convinced the signings are of his own making and therefore someone else needs to take a share.
He wasnt the right manager for us but to say our troubles lie solely with the manager is naive and foolhardy.
We need better defenders simple as that as i honestly believe some of ours are almost un coachable as a unit.

Mtz
Mtz

Who’s G. Neville u talking about? Th former valencia manager?😉😃

SheffieldGooner
SheffieldGooner

Some dick who is still clearly very bitter about all the beatings he got from us as a player.

Reality check
Reality check

I’ll get up to greet you when you step foot at the Emirates. Respect

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

Seems like a nice guy. I couldn’t wait to see him out the door. Now that he’s gone, I’m delighted. After reading his message, I’m still delighted and excited about the future, but, feel sorry for him that he failed.

Lettra
Lettra

Thats not how you burn bridges! !

Classy move.

Good luck we all wanted it to work, it just didn’t.

Henrik
Henrik

How about just “im sorry for what i have done and for what i didnt do”

wengerloski
wengerloski

hmmmm 😉

James
James

I didn’t rate Emery as a manager and yes he became quite a comical figure – it was the wrong decision not to make better use of translators. However, for me the ‘good ebening’ mocking became a bit nasty. There’s nothing wrong with a little teasing, but it did seem to become a bit demeaning. It takes some courage and effort to move to a different country and learn a new language, and whatever you say about Emery, he stuck his head above the parapet with his English. I wonder whether any of the particularly malicious commenters have ever taken on a similar challenge?

Tribe
Tribe

James, since we don’t want to me the “ebening” nasty, I’ll tell you this. In my country we use the word “ebe” when someone “fucks”. So “ebenje” is “fucking” you can just imagine how much “good ebening” is damn funny for me. It comes like good fucking. Nevermind, just a funny fact. 😀

Tribe
Tribe

Correction: …”don’t want to make the “ebening” nasty… I swallowed some letters…

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Hope you didn’t get a tummy ak

maybe
maybe

i thought that was funny haha

InTheNorthBank
InTheNorthBank

100% agree with this. I found the whole ‘good ebening’ thing to be more or less a form of bullying. In the end he was taking Arsenal down a dire path and to part ways is absolutely the right decision, but there was never a need to attack a man trying his bloody best to fulfil a demanding job in a foreign tongue. Good luck, Unai.

Matt P
Matt P

Agree. Just silly, and borderline racist. Anyone who has tried learning a second language knows how hard it is.
I wanted him to go as much as anyone but he’s a nice man and has tried his best.
Good luck to him.

ArseyMcArseface
ArseyMcArseface

Curious that there’s no mention of thanking the players.

The Far Post
The Far Post

“but not a single day has gone by without me stopping to think about how lucky I have been to work for this club with these players and their professional and personal qualities.

They have always honoured the shirt they wear. They deserve your support.”

That seems a heartfelt and supportive substitute for a straightforward expression of thank.

Highbury
Highbury

“not a single day has gone by without me stopping to think about how lucky I have been to work for this club with these players and their professional and personal qualities.
They have always honoured the shirt they wear. They deserve your support.”

ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
ArsenesLongSufferingZipper

He did.

Me2
Me2

Every success is founded on failure..
Unai Emery did not succeed at Arsenal but this is no judgement on his competency.
Arsenal was not for him.
He has the tools in his bag to succeed elsewhere.
Best of luck to him and this letter was a classy thing to do – Unai Emery will do well.
As for Arsenal its uncertain yet exciting times but lets not kid ourselves its a massive rebuilding programme ahead of us.
There are lots of players at Arsenal who should not be there.
Thats the challenge ahead..

locksley444
locksley444

Agreed, Unai Emery is a bit like David Moyes. Good for a midtable team with fewer expectations and being okay with combative football. With a top 6 team, he neither has the players to implement his ‘safety first’ approach, nor any appetite from the fans for such a play style. Such coaches will find it hard with big clubs IMO.

Rob67
Rob67

Yes it is a classy gesture. Well done to him for doing that in what were, obviously, very difficult circumstances.

Anthony
Anthony

Comments got too personal – his performances deserved criticism but not him as a person. Didn’t set out to play badly!

The PL and the aggressive style didn’t suit him as a coach. Couldn’t adopt to playing quick ball.

New coach should have PL playing or managing experience and be ready for a big club

T.A.
T.A.

So you would not approve of Allegri at Arsenal?

Pkub
Pkub

Personally I’m not convinced by Allegri! No doubt he’s was a successful manager in Turin but somehow I’m just not seeing it! I’d be going more towards Ancelotti…

Ex-Priest Tobin
Ex-Priest Tobin

Too bad you couldn’t transmit some of your class to Xhaka. Hopefully he’s the next one to follow you out the door.

JazzAFC
JazzAFC

Right..Class is when you abuse someone personally from behind a computer, like a coward ???
I wonder where the “Class” needs transmittng to 😏

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

We booed him first. Bet you didn’t think that was classless.

DaDude

I didn’t boo him. Does that mean he insulted me first?

Godfrey Twatsloch
Godfrey Twatsloch

Can’t do anything but respect him for that.

All the best for the future, Unai!

Dave
Dave

Thanks Unai, sadly it didn’t work out, but can only wish him all the best in the future.

Okey Jude
Okey Jude

Good evening Unai. Bye

Mitch
Mitch

I can’t help but feel a bit of affection for Emery. And I’m pleased that it seems the club treated the man with respect.

Interesting though how things all fell apart, because he surely can’t be as bad a manager as our results indicate. I imagine that with a team of workmanlike, stolid professionals he would have been more effective. It would be interesting to hear from the likes of Lacazette, Ozil, Toreira, etc. What did they make of his tactics and the tinkering? To me, it seems that his insistence on making Arsenal a ‘chameleon’ team lead to his downfall. I don’t think we have players capable of dealing with that sort of variation. And that style of management just doesn’t seem to be in vogue at the moment.

Alan Sunderland's Mighty Perm of Justice
Alan Sunderland's Mighty Perm of Justice

It hasnt worked out, but the man has class. He’s a hard working and dignified man. Unlike some of our players, who are not off the hook in my book. I think Freddie will know who they are, because we don’t really.

Clear ’em out Freddie or whoever gets the job permanently!

On the off chance you’re reading this Unai…

Good luck Mr Emery. You did really well in Spain, so I’d go back there if I was you. Sorry it didn’t work out, but all the best. Hopefully the next manager will get rid of any trouble makers.

DaDude

Top comment!

Orse
Orse

Given that it’s written in English, I doubt that is *his* message.

Heknockedoutjohnterry
Heknockedoutjohnterry

Impossible as it is to translate the written word

DaDude

Yeah, I heard Agnes from accounting at Arsenal wrote it yesterday. Of course without consulting Emery at all.

JohnArsenal
JohnArsenal

So classy! I feel for the guy but He was going in a wrong direction!

I blame our recruitment. Xhaka has already cost Wenger and Emery their job. I hope Freddie can hide his limitations well until the end of the season and reach some sort of midfield balance. It’s bit sad where Arsenal was once related to the likes of Vieira, Petit, Silva, Edu, Cazorla, Rosicky etc. and now our midfield rests on a 20 year old kid Guendouzi!

We really need to sort out our recruitment for Midfield and Defense! I hope we can get a top manager who can help build the team in next 3 years or so like Klopp at Liverpool!

But for lot of things have to go right, starting with Owner’s ambition to Edu working with next hire!

We need our club back!

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

Xhaka didn’t cost anybody their job. If anything the Roman Abramovich and the rulers of Qatar cost Wenger his job by turning the league upside down by the injection of vast amounts of money. It turned the heads of football boardroooms all over England, and greedy billionaires all over the world, and directly led to us selling out to a billionaire who knows and cares nothing for football.

Venga Bus

Despite all the pain…….Arsenal is class, and to be associated with it is an honour for all.
Thanks Unai.

Ben
Ben

Fair play…. All the best Unai.

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag

Huge pity it didn’t work out, he always came across to me as a workaholic who wanted nothing more than for the team to succeed.
On to the next manager for those awful pricks at AFTV to destroy. I implore all Arsenal fans to please stay away from them now. The guy who runs it makes 400k a year from it, dont tell me they’re in it for the good of the club. Let’s get back to being the classy club we were. COYG

Fablad
Fablad

Best comment I’ve read in months. AFTV only exist because of our failures, if Arsenal start playing well and winning, AFTV will go out of business as most viewers (primarily non-Arsenal fans) will stop watching. Let’s not allow a ‘fan tv’ to profit from our misery.

Godfrey Twatsloch
Godfrey Twatsloch

The table will turn on them one day and then let’s see how they like it.

Alan Sunderland's Mighty Perm of Justice
Alan Sunderland's Mighty Perm of Justice

It started out well but then got taken over by loud mouthed ‘characters’ (pricks). A few nutters are on there too. He recently had a video ‘debate’ on aftv being a problem or not. Obviously the ‘debate’ was not one sided (sarc off).

To be fair though, I don’t mind Lee Judges, Kenny Ken and Graham. The rest of them are pretty much a bunch of clowns. And he just interviews his mates and loud mouthed idiots now anyway.

It’s made us a banter club (the amount of times I’ve heard fans of other clubs taking the Michael out of Arsenal fans because of this channel pisses me right off. They do not represent most fans).

Agree with others. Stop watching it. It’s too negative.

Alan Sunderland's Mighty Perm of Justice
Alan Sunderland's Mighty Perm of Justice

Can’t be doing with their ‘fake gangta’ crap either.

I did see the clip of an interview after Frankfurt where a bunch of prats in the background were singing the ‘What do you think of Tottenham’ song, but replacing Tottenham with ‘Emery’.

I don’t hate the guy. He was just doing his best and we all knew he was on his way out. Yes, some of our fans really are toxic. Most of them can be found on aftv. ‘By the fans. For the owner.’

Ben
Ben

Yeah, that shit gives me a headache.

Der32
Der32

Well Kroenke is profiting from our failures too. I have no problems with a fan profiting from The Arsenal. And Unai’s failings had nothing to do with AFTV.

Grabs

Good luck Unai , Freddie quick transitions to the front three please , no more sideways backwards shit , recycle possession quickly please , bring back our Arsenal

The Arsenal
The Arsenal

This is how you respond Xhaxa.

Mentalista
Mentalista

Just woke up to a beautiful, sunny day, opened arseblog:

FORMER MANAGERS > “Emery sends…”

A beautiful day indeed.

gooner
gooner

In case this gets to you, we never hated you. we just wanted arsenal to do better. thanks a lot Unai

Wilsheres Middle Finger
Wilsheres Middle Finger

A classy and hard working guy, no doubt. I hope he finds a club that complements his attributes and has a successful future.

Santori
Santori

Time for Arsenal fans to show a bit of class.

Whether he got it right or not, it is no doubt the gaffer tried his best.

Wish him all the best.

The fact that we have only Llungberg at the moment should tell us it isn’t as easy as some fans think simply swapping managers.

It would be derelict of duty for the board to appoint just anyone given how we’ve lost our way since Wenger.

Even someone with Unai’s pedigree (and he has won more at 3 different leagues than most of the proposed replacement candidates). had a hard time righting the ship.

Its not just tactics, selections or lack of players brought in from market alone that have failed us.

We also have to get someone who can whip the team into a bit of discipline and a more competitive streak.

not sure if Llungberg will be up to task but clearly for the talent we have (and despite short falls at Cback and CM) we should be better than Sheffield United which is above us.

I look at this team and see players who have been mollycoddled for way too long and who need a bit of iron discipline to come in.

Eventually, my pick would be IMO Erik Ten Hag at Ajax who has been able to nurture youth into a competitive arena but mix in with good experienced players.

But he won’t be avail till summer IMO.

So meanwhile, hopefully Llungberg can step up somewhat. At very least he shares similar ethos to Ten Hag in youth development.

Either way, it will be good to start a clean slate again with all players and give them the benefit of the doubt to prove themselves.

We are not only looking at players like Mustafi or Granit who have often unfairly born the flawed brunt of fans opprobrium but also young players who need more discipline like AMN and older players who get away with things like Auba and Ozil. Pepe also needs to start stepping up, if anything he needs to invest more in off ball work which will bring benefit to his offensive play when the fans get behind him.

I think bottom line is that too many players think they have already ‘arrived’, there is this sense of complacency that is born out of the lighter effort we put into our off ball prosecution than say Sheffield.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla

…or, our players have not been given solid instructions and guidance that gives them consistently good performances or that keeps them mentally alert and hungry for success. They are widely reported to be friends, and some of the things that have been going on would surely have upset them. Ozil got frozen out soon after he was attacked in the street. Young players were dropped because the team as a whole played poorly. Substitutions frequently made no sense and often removed the wrong player from the pitch. Xhaka was played out of position because Emery thought Torreira was “too small” to play in the position we bought him for, which obviously damaged both players’ confidence and led to Xhaka being hated by the fans because his game isn’t designed around last ditch tackles, and to Torreira wanting to leave the club as soon as possible (Play Torreira at DM with Xhaka a bit further forward and none of that shit would have happened). Finally they could all see that they were being prevented from playing the way they had under Wenger, the Arsenal Way, if you will.

Many mistakes in judgement were made that must have shaken the confidence of many members of the team. If you think we have a team of complacent players I think you’re misjudging the atmosphere in the dressing room.

Unai Emery was basically promoted above his pay grade because he was either very good, or very lucky, in the Europa League. The fact that every team he’d coached to Cup success was at the same time mediocre in their respective leagues was ignored by PSG and Arsenal. Our own backroom idiots were obviously impressed that he had won cups and coached PSG, and ignored the fact that PSG had quickly dumped him.

And yes, he does seem to be a nice bloke and I do feel sorry for him, and angry with the three amigos playing cowboy with our club.

Kentish Gooner
Kentish Gooner

Decent manager, just not the right fit. The way this one has turned out is mostly on the board, but partly on the difficulty of replacing an ultimately irreplaceable manager in Arsene. Good luck, Unai, and thanks for the Emerys.

Filsuf
Filsuf

Beautiful letter. Best of luck Unai.

LEFT08
LEFT08

Overall Unai is a likeable guy. He tried and failed. Now we can finally begin to realize the real cause of Arsenal’s demise: the Kroenkes. As long as they own our club, we will keep losing ground. All they see is a global brand, nothing more.

Mjabber
Mjabber

I’m sorry this is, again, a load of rubbish… “in particular….”

How about ia
Am sorrt I was unable…..

The Unai Bomber
The Unai Bomber

Oh please! Yes Unai is a decent guy, albeit out of his depth, but this letter was obviously written by the committee to ensure that he gets his full pay off. In technical terms it’s called a compromise agreement so save your angst and adulation.

Kroenke the Klown
Kroenke the Klown

Don’t piss on my strawberries there Unai! Here I was enjoying the news and now I feel pangs of guilt that maybe you deserved a bit better

Der Kaiser
Der Kaiser

What a gentleman with class! Clearly never thought he was bigger than the club. Like Rioch following Graham tough task following Wenger. I think later in autobiographies etc we will find out that, like Rioch, he was severely let down by overpaid players some of whom do not reslise that it is a priveledge to play for Arsenal FC. Rioch signed Berkamp and people look back and realise he made a difference. I think some of Emery’s signing will come good, especially the young centre back arriving in the summer from St. Eteinne. Personally I wish Unai Emery all the very best.

Riku
Riku

In the same way, Matteo.g., was 100% emery signing, as when he coached at Paris, he did not wNt him sold. And was one if first pićks when he got here

DaDude

“he was severely let down by overpaid players some of whom do not reslise that it is a priveledge to play for Arsenal FC”
I’d bet my house on that. Same as Bayern with Kovac. Wish him all the best and much success as well.

Espen
Espen

Would have like to see him succeed here.

All the best Unai!

Gooner223
Gooner223

Nothing more to be said than what has been already written. Thanks Emery. Sorry it just didn’t work out.

The optimist with little hope
The optimist with little hope

Class act for doing that Emery.
Like most, my patience broke & I’ve badly wanted a change (Xhaka as captain was my breaking point), but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have admiration for the man. He cared a lot about giving his the best for the club. Something we can’t be sure is the priority of some others at the club, over their own personal CV’s or bank balances… He was the wrong fit, I think we acted patiently & I hope we’ll both find our way forward in the future.

Saying all that, this is the worst period I remember since when George Graham got the sack & we were sitting in the bottom half of the table at Christmas. I think the season is a damaging write off & that we’ll lose our main forwards at the end of the season unless we throw stupid money at them & my gut feeling is that I would rather we didn’t do that & that we learnt from lessons of recent years, despite absolutely loving the front two, perhaps more than I ever did Alexis & Ozil.

Anyway, I really would like Freddie to get until the end of the season & for him to be supported in bringing through the youth while we concentrate on getting rid of the deadwood at the club ASAP. If we can shift out Mustafi & perhaps Xhaka in January & loan in a centre back & end the season on a high of some kind with the kids then I’ll be happy.

Fingers crossed.

The Spoon
The Spoon

The Premier league can eat you alive, there have been many managers and even more great players that didn’t cut it, but were excellent elsewhere. Unfortunately for him and us he just wasn’t suited for this league. I’m sure he’ll be back in Spain/France doing business soon enough. Nice letter, he could have been bitter with the way it ended. Just hope the next manager is the right choice. At least Gazidis won’t have a say!

ArsenesLongSufferingZipper
ArsenesLongSufferingZipper

I suspect he’s as relieved as everyone else that this ordeal is finally over. Wish him all the best.

Zet Yeo
Zet Yeo

Classy letter

Tony Hall
Tony Hall

As arseblog said a classy and dignified farewell. If I had lost my job because I wasn’t good enough and I was being told to fuck off on a regular basis I don’t think I would have been so altruistic.

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus

Class

Medium Mozart
Medium Mozart

Hopefully he can now take a bit of a breather from football, refresh, and come back stronger. Perhaps maybe even with a new perspective on the game.

All the best to him either way.

Onward and upwards one and all.

ScotchEggsRule
ScotchEggsRule

A well penned goodbye.
He’s gone now, no need for anyone to be an arsehole about him.

Thierry Oro
Thierry Oro

Not a great coach, but very class. Best wishes to you Unai. And thanks for all.