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Arsenal sack boss Emery – Ljungberg becomes interim head coach

Axe falls after just 18 months in charge at the Emirates - and Gunners' worst run of results in 27 years

29 November, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Arsenal were without a win in their last seven matches under Unai Emery

ARSENAL have sacked head coach Unai Emery after the club’s worst run of results in 27 years.

Emery, who was announced as Arsene Wenger’s successor just 18 months ago, arrived at the Emirates having led Paris St-Germain to the French league title and won three Europa Leagues with Spanish side Sevilla.

But such glory never looked like arriving at the Gunners, who are without a win in their last seven matches following Thursday’s 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.

Arsenal have won only four of their 13 Premier League games this season and are now eighth – eight points adrift of the Champions League places.

Speaking on behalf of the Arsenal board and the club owners Kroenke Sports and Entertainment, director Josh Kroenke 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.”

The statement went on to explain that the decision was taken due to results and performances not being at the level required.

Fans’ favourite and former “Invincible” Freddie Ljungberg will take responsibility for the first team as interim head coach.

The club also stated that “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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