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.