Ornstein: Emery likely to get sacked

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Unai Emery’s time as Arsenal’s head coach is likely to come to an end today, according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein. 

Arsenal have managed just one win in their last nine games – a last-gasp come-from-behind 3-2 win over Vitoria – and in the process have fallen from third to eighth in the Premier League table, exited the Carabao Cup and still not qualified from the Europa League.

The Spaniard has been under pressure for quite some time, so news of his impending departure is hardly surprising. That said, this time last month the club did brief that they were eager to give Arsene Wenger’s successor time to turn things around.

Having lost the support of fans and with his squad playing like ghosts, it appears patience has worn thin.

Head of Football, Raul Sanllehi, is the man charged with making the final decision. He is the only remaining member of the triumvirate who appointed Emery in July 2018, both Ivan Gazidis and Sven Mislintat have departed, and it appears he has the backing of other members of the football executive committee, old-school members of the board and the club’s owner Stan Kroenke.

After last night’s 2-1 home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt – played out against a record-low first team crowd at the Emirates – Emery was confident that he’d still be in the dugout on Sunday when Arsenal travel to Norwich.

We now wait to see what happens.

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A P
A P

So Emery was right to say his future was these two days.

A Gorilla
A Gorilla

It was the only clear thing he said in 18 months

From Kenya

The power of the Tongue

A P
A P

When he does go, I hope the fans at the stadium would have the decency to applaud. The tenure didn’t work out, but he tried and remains part of our history.

Upamecano but downalego
Upamecano but downalego

I hope there’s a plan in place for his successor, one that isn’t limited in scope or options. And I don’t agree with this ‘who’s available’ way of thinking, we’re supposed to be a big club, and big clubs sign managers that are the right fit, regardless of if they’re already under contract elsewhere. After all whats £4/5million in compensation if it helps us gain CL football and encourages our brightest stars to prolong their contracts.
I think/hope we should be taking a multi-tiered approach, similar to the post-Wenger auditions but more decisive and based on if the manager is right for us and our strengths, not if it’s a cosy and affordable fit. If we can’t get anyone from Tier 1, change the expectations/project for the next tier.

Tier 1:
Pochettino, ten Hag, Simeone, Nagelsmann etc.
Offer a long-term project, allow room for them to develop a style of play, to take note of what their exact requirements are in the transfer windows, and to rebuild the weak-willed dressing room.

Tier 2:
Ancelotti, Nuno Espirito, Martinez, Rodgers etc.
Offer a medium length deal with a view to further years based on improvements, make sure they can work with what we have whilst using their connections to get us the right players under a fair budget.

Tier 3:
Ljungberg, Arteta, Vieira etc.
Offer them the opportunity to become the new face of Arsenal, providing they can show major signs of improvement by the end of the season. Let them focus on coaching and use the next two months to identify areas of weakness and at the very least get a couple of bodies in to stop further rot in January, even if it’s a couple of loans until better options become available in the summer.

I really don’t think we’re a club that can afford to let inexperience take the wheel, it so rarely works out, and could create bigger problems (especially if they’ve still not obtained all their badges). We’re in a crisis, we need an expert, someone with a distinct play style, preferably knows the Prem, will get the players immediately playing for the shirt and can balance calmness with ruthlessness. After recent years the fans deserve a reason to be genuinely optimistic, not just hopeful. The board/Raul need to move heaven and earth to get this next appointment right.

Thierry Bergkamp
Thierry Bergkamp

PLEASE!!!!!!

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

Didn’t see that coming. I thought we were doing great. So competitive, so much progress, so much hard work. People are never satisfied, I guess.

Boom Saka Laca
Boom Saka Laca

I am so happy. So, so happy. So happy you can’t believe.

Ozymandias
Ozymandias

TWICE!!!! HE SHOULD BE SACKED TWICE!!!

Ealing
Ealing

The end of the beginning of the post-Wenger era

AP86
AP86

Clearly the job was well over his head. Give Freddie the reign until they sort it out come summer time!

Monkey Nuts
Monkey Nuts

Does Freddie have the coaching badges?

PeteyB
PeteyB

I think he doesn’t, but I understood that even without he could take charge on an interim basis, but not permanent.

Ozymandias
Ozymandias

Pass me the trigger. I’ll bloody pull it.

The Voice of the Noise
The Voice of the Noise

Best news of the day, if true.
Excited to see what Ljungberg will bring to the table now he’ll be in charge. Hopefully bring back some of that Invincible spirit!
Can’t be bothered with predicting who will be our new manager, just praying whoever it will be will have a massive immediate impact. But if Poch comes in, and we start winning trophies again, that’ll certainly bring a big, big smile to my face.

Tim
Tim

No Nuno (nothing against him personally), no Mendes. That is not the Arsenal way.

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a good ebening.”

Chidi
Chidi

We’re almost there guys. While I hate to see anyone lose their job, this one’s inevitable and I’d try to celebrate as lil as possible. He’s got a great resume and I’m pretty sure he’d do better at a sevilla-esque club. What’s best for my beloved club is priority and I hope the decision makers always put that first in choosing the next coach.

Viva La Prof
Viva La Prof

No jacket required

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

This needs to happen!

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

It’s official!

Emery is gone. Shame it didn’t work out but all the best to you in your next club. Thank you and goodbye.

We need to find a good replacement now.

SB Still
SB Still

I hope we have been talking to Poch, Allegri, Nuno and Arteta.

Its for the board to find the right candidate, can’t afford to make another managerial mistake.

David Hillier's luggage
David Hillier's luggage

At times I felt sorry for Emery, the people upstairs have thrown him under the bus at times or used him as a public punching bag. That being said, his tactics and in game decisions have been bizarre to say the least and it was time for him to go. Wish him well, I think with the right backing and at the right size club he’ll do well, just not here.

SOMK
SOMK

It’s fucking excellent!

Santori
Santori

Well, really poor from the gaffer over last months.

BUT several trends since his tenure :

1) The possession based play out of the back system (from deep) in which he tried to emulate City not possible given the resources available and lack of correct investment last summer.

That said, the fact that he persisted with it rather than try to find a better way to make use of his assets suggest he has little variation in approach for future.

2) Follow on from last point, we have so much pace out wide with (potentially) Pepe/Bellerin on the right and Auba/Tierney on the left not to mention Nelson, Martinelli and kolasinac.

BUT we have not taken advantage of this. Instead we have been far too cautious/ponderous in build up with too many touches.

And recent shape to protect centre line has made us overly narrow and congested inward.

3) Defensive issues have never been resolved. Basics like headed clearances still made to a couple of yards ahead of us. Discipline and concentration poor and not sufficiently enforced (Soton goal)

Zonal marking has been dogmatic with not room for nuance. Torreira marking someone twice his height says it all.

Granted we do not have the best selection of (a lot of ) cbacks, we should still be doing much better.

Conclusion – This is some time coming and the club has been very generous toward him/patient in that regard.

I’m not sure if sacking is entirely positive but alternative persisting with Emery at this point is pointless.

He started off decent with us and seemingly made great timely substitutions, something many rightly had a gripe with Wenger’s dallying. BUT he turned into Wenger later on, making odd choices when there were more obvious ones and not putting them in quickly enough.

As I mentioned before when many instigated Wenger’s removal, celebrated Unai, be careful for what you wish for.

As much as it could get better, it could also very much get worse.

Schadenfreude.

We now must not repeat the same mistake and rush headlong into an appointment. It could further compound issues down the road if so.