As reported exclusively by the ever-reliable David Ornstein of The Athletic, Arsenal are likely to part ways with head coach Unai Emery today (Friday).
The Spaniard has been in charge of the team for 18 months, and it’s fair to say that no tangible progress has been made in that time. He failed to improve on the results of the last stretch of Arsene Wenger’s reign and qualify for the Champions League. He had been backed in the transfer market during the summer window. The season started well enough, losing only once in the opening 11 games in all competitions, but the wagon soon started rolling downhill.
The Gunners haven’t managed a single win in the last seven games in all competitions, and the home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday seems to have been the final drop in a glass filled to the brim. Apart from that, Ornstein says there is a growing discontent within the squad, as well as among the staff. The discontent among the supporters has been clear for everyone to see for some time now.
With his contract running until the summer of 2021, the club were prepared to back Emery up beforehand and did so both publicly and privately, with the intention of reviewing the situation at the end of this season, but things have become rather dire at this point and it seems the time to be patient is up. Following the Eintracht defeat, which saw the Bundesliga side overturn Arsenal’s 1-0 lead to take the three points, the coach told his players to forget about that game and start focusing on the upcoming trip to Norwich, but now it appears he won’t be in the dugout for that game.
The club will probably appoint Freddie Ljungberg in his place on a temporary basis.