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Arsenal Sack Unai Emery Following Poor Run Of Form

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Arsenal head coach Unai Emery looks on during the UEFA Europa League group F match between Arsenal FC and Eintracht Frankfurt at Emirates Stadium on November 28, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

Arsenal have announced the departure of Unai Emery as manager following their poor run of form in the Premier League and in Europe this season. 

The London side recorded a 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday night, leaving them without a win in their last seven matches. 

Arsenal currently sit in eighth place in the Premier League table having won just four of their opening 13 games.

In a statement, the club confirmed that Freddie Ljungberg has been appointed as the interim head coach with the search for a permanent replacement for Emery underway.

The Spaniard lasted just 18 months in the role having replaced Arsene Wenger last year.

Their statement in full reads:

“We announce today that the decision has been taken to part company with our head coach Unai Emery and his coaching team.

“Speaking on behalf of the Arsenal board and our owners Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, 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 decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required.

“We have asked Freddie Ljungberg to take responsibility for the first team as interim head coach. We have full confidence in Freddie to take us forward.

“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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