Unai Emery is fired as Gunners boss

Unai Emery has been sacked this morning by the Arsenal board and the club has recorded a worst run of form since 1992. His staff and players have been preparing for the sack that eventually came this morning after they were beaten at home by Einchtract Frankfurt.

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Emery was completely in limbo concerning his team and he paid deaf ears to the body language of the some players as well. Right unders his nose players were exchanging Whatsapp messages and some were completely irritated by his tactics, he lost his team long ago, the only amazing thing was that the sacking just happened today.

The players did not completely hate him, but his style of management was not welcomed by some of the players. He was a complete contrast to his predecessor’s style of management, Wenger was always there for his players and he had that player-manager rapport that ensured a strong bond between them.

Emery was a little laid back in terms of relationship with the players, teams like Liverpool, Manchester City had  have shown us what it meant to have a very good bond with your squad. He had believed in his inner circle of Juan Carlos Carcedo, Pablo Villanueva and Victor Manas. Steve Bold left his position as the first-team coach in the summer to manage the club’s academy, which was seen as a demotion but Steve was actually happy for the role as he felt underutilized in his former role.

the end was looming for Emery after the draw to Southampton that ended 2-2, the game against Frankfurt was supposed to be his last test and he failed woefully, of a truth he could not be totally blamed. Some pundits have slammed the Arsenal defense and have labeled them not coachable.

Freddie Ljungberg has been appointed the interim manager, Ljungberg knows the club too well and he has really helped with the transition of so many youth players into the first team, the likes of Bukayo Saka has been a starter under Unai Emery.

There is every possibility Ljungberg would call up Steve Bould but at the moment he is having fun with the youth system he is managing.

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Emery was sacked this morning before he received the news from the head of football Raul Sanllehi, managing director Vinai Venkatesham, and technical director Edu, the trio waited for his arrival while he thought he would be given till Saturday against Norwich before casting the dice, unfortunately the pendullum swung and off went his head.

Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham had flown to the US to inform the Kroenke family about their decision to let him off and it was agreed a match be given to him, he could not survive the last game against Frankfurt to make it all worst, he was beaten at home.

It was told Emery embraced the decision by the board gracefully and briefly told his players goodbye. The news was made known to the players already, they must have expected the news as it was glaring. Ljungberg who was a part of the first team was introduced to the team as the interim coach, he quickly told them to focus on the course ahead to see if their situation could be turned.

With Ljungberg at the helm of affairs, sources have gathered that there is a serious search for Emery’s long term replacement with the likes of Ancelloti, Allegri, Pochettio, Arteta and the main target Nuno Espirito Santo.

The board has been made to understand how hard it is to sign coaches in a contract by asking them to join mid-season, so they will have to wait till the season is over or sign coaches that are free at the moment.

Freddie Ljungberg will have his first training session with the players Saturday morning before their trip to Norwich, hopefully, he starts and ends the season in a winning way to convince the hierarchy he has what it takes to keep the job.

The thought that Emery was the man was lost long ago with his strenuous tactical lessons with the players to his tiring analysis, the dressing was way lost and others where history.

Emery had a lovely start to life at the Emirates, we can not forget so fast the 22 matches unbeaten that included an eleven matches unbeaten , he also helped them through the Europa League final, but when you manage a club like Arsenal and go seven matches without a win that cast a whole lot of doubt over your management style. The language barrier was another thing that affected Emery, as he found it hard to communicate with the players effectively, but all that would be his doing.

Sources claimed the relationship between the sporting director and Emery was frosty, the appointment of Edu to oversee the affairs of the entire football operation did not go well Emery as they had issues with player signing and Emery feared Edu’s stamp on the club would leave his position in jeopardy.

Unfortunately for Emery, Edu, Sanllehi and Venkatesham had already had a formidable synergy that they had to call the shot as they perceived Emery’s ship was a sinking one.

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It was gathered that players are happy that Emery has been sacked and fans could also be seen with a paper inscription calling for him to be sacked, with the ones that could be read, it stated,” No formation, No Tactics”.


Games – 78

Wins – 43 | Draws – 16 | Defeats – 19

Win percentage – 55.13 per cent

Judging by the stats its not a bad run altogether but for a club like Arsenal, it is time to say good bye and this was a defining moment for the Spaniard.

Author: Kinglsey Africabettingnews
Kingsley Ekeocha is a passionate sports writer and lover, who also happens to have worked with networks like Digital Raves Network, Performance Genie Corp, Kable Media Network, etc. He has been in this business for up to five years and has worked in different departments ranging from account management, business development, affiliate management, etc. In his free time, he enjoys watching football mostly the EPL and La Liga.

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