According to David Ornstein, Arsenal have no intention of sacking Unai Emery before next summer with Josh Kroenke, Raul Sanllehi and Edu all 100 per cent behind their head coach.
The Spaniard has a huge mountain to climb if he is to achieve his stated aim of returning the Gunners to the Champions League with his side eight points adrift of the Premier League top four following yesterday’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester.
Having labelled the game at the King Power a ‘must-win’, supporters were surprised to see Emery speaking so calmly about the need for patience given the ground being lost. It now appears his confidence is rooted in the trust of those above him.
Despite being the bookies favourite to become the league’s next managerial casualty, Ornstein, writing in The Athletic, says the 49-year-old will likely be given until the summer and will definitely be in charge when Southampton visit after the Interlull.
He writes: “With 26 games to be played, Arsenal’s powerbrokers feel there is plenty of time for their fortunes to be reversed and a run of positive results to transform the atmosphere. They are preaching qualities such as patience, confidence, belief, focus, resilience, togetherness and consistency.”
While it’s true that Arsenal do have time to turn things around this season, it remains to be seen whether Emery is the right man to do it. After a positive start to life in charge at the Emirates, he’s overseen a steady downward spiral which has seen us collect just 24 points in our last 19 games.
Yesterday, reports surfaced that Luis Enrique, former Spain and Barcelona coach, had been contacted about taking over. This has also been vigorously denied.
Time will tell if this is a dreaded ‘vote of confidence’ or if the guys who run the club really do trust Emery to get us back to the top of the game.