Arsenal bosses are still behind manager Unai Emery and will not give in to ‘noises’, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic, formerly of BBC.
The Spaniard has come under heavy fire from the public, both the supporters and football pundits, with most of the faith in his coaching ability gone after the latest string of disappointing results, as well as the situation surrounding the Granit Xhaka incident. Most notable among those results are the draws which were the consequences of leads wasted, and of course, the defeat at the hands of Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Reports of the club already weighing up potential replacements for the manager, with the name of Jose Mourinho thrown into the mix, have been coming thick in the last few days. However, it seems nothing of the sort is happening at the moment and it’s not likely to, at least until the season is over.
“The Athletic has been informed by senior sources that Arsenal’s hierarchy remain “100 per cent” behind Emery and still plan to wait until the summer before making a decision on his future,” writes Ornstein, right after he pointed out that this has been the worst start to a season for Arsenal since 1982/83.
The respectable journalist, however, goes on to say that it’s impossible to predict if there will be any change in those plans between now and and then, but for the moment, that’s the way things stand, with all the influential people, such as owners Stan and Josh Kroenke, head of football Raul Sanllehi, technical director Edu and managing director Vinai Venkatesham, ‘firmly on the same page’.
All reports of contact with potential replacement candidates have been firmly denied, and a strong message sent out that a change of coach is not on the club agenda at the moment.
As for the Leicester game, the club hierarchy seem satisfied with the performance of the team up until the opening goal, scored by Jamie Vardy in the 68th minute, which is believed to be the cause of a severe drop in confidence for the final 20 minutes.