Freddie Ljungberg will be replacing Unai and stepping in as interim interim head coach. Meanwhile the Gunners are already in contact with Massimiliano Allegri, who may be the next manager for the London team.
Freddie Ljungberg, who was a former Arsenal midfielder will take charge of the first team while the club searches for a permanent replacement for Emery.
The Gunners have won only four of their 13 Premier League games this season and are now eighth, eight points adrift of the Champions League places which has reflected badly on Unai since he’s entry to the club as head coach.
Emery was appointed head coach at Arsenal in 2018 on a two-year deal, succeeding the previous manager, Arsene Wenger after 22 years of service at the club.
However, the Spaniard has been sacked after just 18 months in the role citing poor performances and results from the team which were not at the level that was required by management according to a club statement.
Arsenal 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.
According to reports by Sky Sports, Arsenal director Kroenke was willing to give Emery more time to turn things around but lost faith in the Spaniard after Thursday’s defeat, sealing his fate as head coach.
Massimiliano Allegri could Unai Emery’s next replacement.
Recent reports suggested that Jose Mourinho would have been the next head coach for Arsenal replacing Emery but instead the Portuguese joined the north London rivals Tottenham which confirmed that it wasn’t the case.
However, based on reports coming from the Arsenal camp, the Premier League club has already set its eyes on former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, who has been without a role since leaving the Italian champions at the end of the 2018-19 season.
There were also reports of former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, being the possible pick for the Gunners including former AS Roma and Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti, who would have been a great addition for Arsenal.
Arsenal’s next game against Norwich on Sunday will be Ljungberg’s first test as interim head coach in the Premier League. Let’s hope the north London team can regain its momentum and winning style after this big change.
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