Unai Emery on brink of Arsenal sack as Gunners board draw up list of replacements – Express

Unai Emery on brink of Arsenal sack as Gunners board draw up list of replacements – Express

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is battling to save his job after overseeing a terrible run of form that has seen the Gunners win only two of their last 11 games and the club’s board have already begun drawing up a list of candidates to take over. And according to The Telegraph, former ­Juventus manager, Massimiliano Allegri, and current Wolves boss, Nuno Espirito Santo, are two names on that list.

Arsenal take on Eintracht Frankfurt today in a Europa League group game and victory would see the club top the group and qualify for the knockout stages.

However, many of the club’s supporters are still calling for Emery to be sacked following a disappointing domestic campaign.

Many see first-team coach Freddie Ljungberg as the ideal candidate to take charge on a temporary basis, if the club decided to sack Emery without having a manager lined up to take over immediately.

Nuno was asked about the speculation linking him to Arsenal ahead of Wolves’ Europa League clash with Braga.

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However, when asked about the speculation about his job yesterday he said: “My future is today and tomorrow.”

The former Paris Saint-Germain, Sevilla and Valencia manager was also asked if this period of his career is the most difficult time he’s had as a coach.

“Each moment in my career is difficult,” said Emery.

“It’s a very good job, but it’s very hard.

“When you are winning, you feel the support from everybody, but when you’re not winning like in the last matches, you have some doubters.

“Really, I believe in us, the players, the group. I know I am going to work very hard to come back with this performance and take the confidence we need now.

“Each match is a very good opportunity The good and bad moments come and go, but the most important thing for me is to show my work and our capacity.

“Each match is a good opportunity to do that. Most importantly it’s to connect with the supporters.

“They need to back and help the players tomorrow in each moment. Our confidence depends on how we can feel in our stadium with our supporters.

“The teams are coming here and playing fearless against us. This is the first thing we need to change. We need to change it and we need to be strong and we need to be together.

“I know we need to show our supporters our capacity and our skills. I know we’re not really showing that skill and performance 100 per cent with the players, but tomorrow we have a very good opportunity and we are going to try to change that.

“We were speaking about how we can improve and how we can change that and the first way of changing that is by being more compact.

“Then being confident we can show our skills, our quality. In the last matches, we’ve had tactical issues and we need to do better.”



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