Arsenal have had enough and sacked manager Unai Emery following loss to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Arsenal are back to square one as the club announced that they have parted ways with manager Unai Emery.
The club also announced that Freddie Ljungberg would be taking over as caretaker manager. Ljungberg took to Twitter and sent his first post as club manager.
Rumors were circling even before their Europa League match that the club was ready to make a change following a poor run of form in the league. With Emery at the helm, Arsenal were in their poorest run of form in 27 years.
According to ESPN, Josh Kroenke said,
“The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required. We have asked Freddie Ljungberg to take responsibility for the first team as interim head coach.”
His tenure at Arsenal was mixed with ups-and-downs. He took over from Arsene Wenger and there was optimism that he could change the club based on his success at Sevilla. While there were some positives in his first season, this season has been more difficult and his line-ups have been heavily questioned.
Ostracizing Mezut Ozil, not fielding his best team in high-profile matches and an abysmal defense have been points of contention against the now former Arsenal manager. Lucas Torreira, for example, even hinted at a possible move according to Bleacher Report.
However, despite not having the best relationship with some of his players, there were a few that came out in support like goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
Martinez has been the team’s starting keeper in the Europa League.
While Ljungberg is set to take over for the remainder of the season, names like Nuno Espirito Santo and Mikel Arteta have been banded about as possible replacements.
Emery flopped at Arsenal but it does not absolve the club hierarchy of their role in this mess. They are the ones who appointed Emery in the first place and did nothing to solidify the defense which was the team’s weakest spot. There’s plenty of blame to go around.
Arsene Wenger spent more than two decades as Arsenal manager. Emery, his replacement, only spent 18 months in charge. Whoever succeeds Emery needs to be the right choice or Arsenal risk finding themselves in the same hole as Manchester United.