Detailed account of events leading to the termination of Unai Emery as manager at Arsenal has been revealed.
The Spaniard’s situation at the club was compounded by the shambolic loss to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night at the Emirates in the Europa League match.
The Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol said: “Emery came in for training early this morning with his coaching team. He was called into a meeting with Raul Sanlehi and Edu and told that he was losing his job.
“He took the news in a very respectful manner – as well as can be expected in the circumstances.
“Players were then told that Emery was leaving at 10am meeting, which was led by Sanlehi, Edu and Vinai Venkatesham. Freddie Ljungberg then addressed the players, told them to stick together, turn this around and play for the shirt. He definitely has his UEFA pro licence and his coaching team will be confirmed soon, which is likely to include Steve Bould.
“Sanlehi and Venkatesham flew to US earlier this week for talks with Stan and Josh Kroenke, but the writing was on wall for Emery and last night’s defeat was the final straw.
“The search for a new head coach has started but Arsenal have faith in Ljungberg. They’re aware it will be hard to get high calibre appointment mid-season with the search led by Sanlehi, Edu and Venkatesham.
“Emery said goodbye to the players individually and wished them well.
“Training today was a recovery session and warm down and the players will take part in full training tomorrow before players leaving for Norwich in the evening.”