REVEALED: Account of how Arsenal chiefs sacked Unai Emery, meeting with players, Freddie Ljungberg

November 29th, 2019 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

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.”

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Former Chelsea boss reacts to speculation Arsenal want him to succeed Unai Emery

November 29th, 2019 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed talk that he could leave Napoli for Arsenal.

The Gunners sacked Unai Emery on Friday sparking speculation about who the club chiefs want to employ on a permanent basis.

Max Allegri and Ancelotti have been tipped to slug it out with the bookies’ favourite, Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

Ancelotti was linked with replacing Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur, according Football Italia.

However, the former Chelsea boss told BT Sport: “I stay with Napoli, of course.

“These are rumours! I have white hair and experience. In this moment they are all rumours.”

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Willian opens up on his future as Juventus, Barcelona circle

November 29th, 2019 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Chelsea star Willian says the London club “know what I want, what I want to do”

Juventus and Barcelona are reportedly keen to acquire the services of the 31-year-old as his Chelsea contract expires in the summer.

The Blues boss Frank Lampard has openly declared his intention to retain the Brazil international.

Asked if Chelsea had made him any offer yet, Willian said: “No, not yet. Honestly I’m happy here. I feel happy to play for this club but this situation is not in my hands. It’s in theirs.

“I wait for them. They know what I want, what I want to do. They already know so I wait for them.”

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Arsenal sack Unai Emery, club legend takes over as interim head coach

November 29th, 2019 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Arsenal have terminated the appointment of Unai Emery and his coaching team after the spate of poor outings by the team.

The Gunners were beaten at home last night by Eintracht Frankfurt after Daichi Kamada’s brilliant double earned the Germans an away victory in the Europa League clash.

Emery came into the match having failed to lead his team to victory in their previous six outings, and defeat made it their longest winless run since February 1992.

Josh Kroenke, on behalf of Arsenal Board, said: “Our most sincere thanks go to Unai and his colleagues who were unrelenting in their efforts to get the club back to competing at the level we all expect and demand. We wish Unai and his team nothing but future success.”

A club statement read: “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. We have full confidence in Freddie to take us forward.

“The search for a new head coach is underway and we will make a further announcement when that process is complete.”

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Arsenal chiefs meet to discuss Unai Emery’s future after another poor outing, set to be sacked today

November 29th, 2019 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Reports in England claim Arsenal chiefs are meeting this morning to discuss Unai Emery’s future, with the beleaguered Spaniard on the brink of the sack.

Ahead of Thursday night’s clash against Frankfurt, there was a sense Emery would have Sunday’s game at Norwich to help halt their alarming slide.

But the circumstances of Thursday night’s Europa League loss has accelerated the urgency regarding Emery’s future behind the scenes at the Emirates Stadium.

The stadium was largely empty – and the fans that did attend turned on the team and manager.

The Gunners hierarchy will make a decision on whether Emery gets the the trip to Norwich as a final chance to prove he is worthy of more time to turn their season around.

However, according to Sportsmail, the majority of the Arsenal board are now in favour of terminating Emery’s contract in hope of sparking a turnaround in fortunes.

If they agree on dismissing the former PSG boss, the recommendation of axing Emery will be made to owner Stan Kroenke, who will make the final decision.

It has also emerged bookmakers have suspended betting on Emery being sacked after what Paddy Power described as ‘a flood of money’ being placed on his departure.

Arsenal are aware attracting their preferred candidates, such as Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, will prove difficult mid-season should they pull the trigger on Emery.

With that in mind a double-act of ex-players Freddie Ljungberg and Steve Bould – who are both coaching at the club – would be considered as a short-term solution.

Ljungberg would be viewed as the figurehead, while Bould, it is understood, will take on the majority of the coaching responsibilities.

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