Arsenal sack manager Unai Emery after disastrous run of form

Former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is the bookmakers' favorite to replace Unai Emery, who was sacked after 18 months in charge of Arsenal.

Posted: Nov 30, 2019 5:00 AM
Updated: Nov 30, 2019 5:00 AM

Unai Emery has been sacked as Arsenal manager following the club's longest win-less run since 1992.

The Spaniard replaced Arsene Wenger in May 2018 but failed to turn around the club's fortunes during his 18-month spell in charge.

Its 2-1 defeat to Frankfurt in the Europa League Thursday was the side's seventh consecutive game without a win and Arsenal has slipped to eighth in the English Premier League.

In truth, pressure had been mounting on the 48-year-old for weeks with large pockets of fans questioning his tactical direction and calling for him to be sacked.

The club said the decision was made "due to results and performances not being at the level required."

"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," said Arsenal director Josh Kroenke.

"We wish Unai and his team nothing but future success."

Former player and current first-team coach Freddie Ljungberg will take over on a temporary basis as the search for the new head coach gets underway.

"However long I oversee Arsenal for I will give everything I have to put smiles on faces again," Ljungberg tweeted.

"We have a busy few weeks ahead and the team needs your support. Let's get to work!"

Arsenal's next game is away to Norwich City in the EPL on Sunday.

READ: Tottenham Hotspur announce Jose Mourinho as new head coach

Emery, who has previously managed the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla, was brought to the Emirates to win trophies and reinsert the club as a dominant force in Europe.

The initial signs were positive as Arsenal reached the final of the Europa League in his first season in charge -- a competition the manager has won on three occasions -- but defeat to Chelsea meant yet another season out of the prestigious Champions League.

The club's board had promised investment over the summer and delivered with the singing of Nicolas Pepe for a club record fee of $98 million (£72m).

However, the new star has barely made an impact in his first season at the club and Arsenal's defensive frailties have continued to hamper the team's ambitions.

The Spaniard was also criticized for handing the club captaincy to Grant Xhaka, a decision that backfired in dramatic fashion during an EPL game against Crystal Palace, where the midfielder goaded his own fans as they jeered him off the pitch.

READ: Thierry Henry named as head coach of MLS side Montreal Impact

Despite Emery being booed by fans during his final weeks in charge, anger has also been directed at the club's hierarchy, with supporters pointing towards a lack of ambition on the pitch.

The thousands of empty seats for Emery's last game in charge demonstrated the negativity now rife throughout the club's fan base. Against Frankfurt, the official attendance was more than 49,000 but several reports said the real number was around 25,000.

Arsenal Supporters' Trust said the dismissal "inevitable" but called for change in the club's structure.

"It is a sad fact that the club is now wholly owned by an overseas investment vehicle, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, who are largely absent from London," a statement read.

"This means that the club needs to be governed by a strong Board in London, one that is truly independent and has the expertise and dynamism to drive a football club forward."

It added: "So if Arsenal are to genuinely move forward from today it requires not only a new head coach appointment but also a rejuvenation of the boardroom."

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 51079

Reported Deaths: 2756
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion12019693
Lake5588248
Elkhart353959
Allen2939134
St. Joseph210669
Hamilton1691101
Cass16449
Hendricks1454100
Johnson1340118
Porter82638
Tippecanoe7709
Vanderburgh7276
Clark69544
Madison67464
LaPorte61628
Howard59858
Bartholomew59745
Kosciusko5754
Marshall5449
Noble51328
LaGrange4849
Boone48244
Jackson4783
Delaware47152
Hancock46736
Shelby45425
Floyd40644
Morgan34231
Monroe34028
Grant31826
Dubois3046
Henry30018
Montgomery29720
Clinton2903
White27410
Dearborn25823
Decatur25632
Lawrence25225
Vigo2528
Warrick25029
Harrison21722
Greene19432
Miami1932
Jennings17912
Putnam1738
DeKalb1694
Scott1649
Wayne1546
Daviess15017
Perry14710
Orange13723
Steuben1362
Jasper1352
Ripley1307
Franklin1278
Gibson1202
Wabash1162
Carroll1142
Fayette1067
Whitley1066
Starke1043
Newton10010
Huntington942
Jefferson862
Wells821
Randolph794
Fulton731
Knox710
Jay700
Washington681
Pulaski661
Clay645
Rush613
Posey570
Spencer541
Owen521
Benton510
Sullivan501
Adams491
Brown431
Blackford402
Fountain352
Crawford330
Switzerland320
Tipton321
Parke270
Martin260
Ohio230
Vermillion200
Warren151
Union140
Pike110
Unassigned0193

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 64214

Reported Deaths: 3036
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin11724445
Cuyahoga8979393
Hamilton6781207
Lucas2952305
Marion274539
Montgomery244035
Summit2327209
Pickaway222241
Mahoning1928239
Butler182147
Columbiana137860
Stark1214114
Lorain112069
Trumbull104578
Warren97725
Clark80010
Delaware69815
Fairfield66717
Tuscarawas60410
Lake58923
Medina58232
Belmont56922
Licking56812
Miami50631
Portage49259
Wood48851
Clermont4737
Ashtabula44744
Geauga42543
Wayne37253
Richland3715
Allen35641
Greene3439
Mercer29910
Erie27122
Holmes2595
Darke25626
Huron2402
Madison2169
Ottawa17324
Sandusky16015
Washington14620
Ross1443
Coshocton1423
Athens1391
Crawford1385
Putnam13715
Hardin12312
Morrow1201
Auglaize1094
Jefferson1092
Muskingum1001
Union931
Preble901
Monroe8917
Hancock861
Lawrence830
Guernsey823
Clinton811
Hocking809
Williams762
Shelby744
Logan711
Ashland672
Carroll673
Fulton670
Scioto670
Wyandot635
Brown611
Fayette550
Defiance533
Knox531
Champaign511
Highland501
Van Wert471
Perry441
Seneca412
Henry330
Paulding300
Jackson280
Pike280
Adams261
Vinton232
Gallia201
Noble140
Harrison131
Meigs130
Morgan110
Unassigned00
Fort Wayne
Broken Clouds
70° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 70°
Angola
Overcast
70° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 70°
Huntington
Broken Clouds
70° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 70°
Decatur
Scattered Clouds
68° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 68°
Van Wert
Scattered Clouds
68° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 68°
Sunday starts wet, ends dry
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events