Arsenal sack Unai Emery after 18 months in charge

The club are winless in all competitions in seven games and sit eight points behind fourth-place Chelsea in the Premier League after just 13 games this season.

The likes of Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo and former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, now a coach at Manchester City, have been linked with the full-time job.

He was replaced by Freddie Ljungberg, who takes charge on a part-time basis, after head of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham had travelled to the United States to talk to Kroenke and his father, Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke.

Arsenal's last Premier League victory was a 1-0 win over Bournemouth.

The Spaniard arrived at training the morning after a 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League and was told by the club's top officials that he'd lost his job.

In contrast Wolves made it to the knockout stages of the Europa League with a group game to spare by drawing 3-3 at Braga.

"The Arsenal.html" Daily MailArsenal.html" says the Gunners want someone who can enhance the club's public profile and transmit a clear message from within the camp to supporters.

We announce today that the decision has been taken to part company with our head coach Unai Emery and his coaching team.

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"Our most honest 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", Josh Kroenke said. "We wish Unai and his team nothing but future success".

"So it's been great to have him around, he knows the club's DNA and we feel he is the right person in the moment to take the club forward".

Kroenke then confirmed that the club is searching for a new boss, stating that the process is "already underway".

It remains to be seen how long Ljungberg, promoted from manager of Arsenal's Under-23s to Emery's assistant head coach during the summer, will remain in charge.

After losing just one of their opening 11 matches, their form dipped and led to Emery facing increasing criticism and pressure.

He was publicly backed by head of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham during the worldwide break but lasted only two more matches.

This season, Arsenal lost only two of its first 17 games in all competitions but cracks began to show in the last two months, culminating in a awful display in a 2-2 draw at home to Southampton last weekend - when an injury-time goal was needed to secure a scarcely deserved point - and then the defeat to Eintracht.

  • Lawrence Cooper