Arsenal sack Unai Emery and appoint Ljungberg as interim head coach

Freddie Ljungberg steps in as interim head coach; Emery dismissed due to “results and performances not being at the level required”

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.

Emery was appointed head coach at Arsenal in 2018 on a two-year deal, succeeding Arsene Wenger after his 22 years in charge of the club.

However, the Spaniard has been sacked after just 18 months in the role “due to results and performances not being at the level required”, according to a club statement.

Former Arsenal winger and member of ‘The Invincibles’, Freddie Ljungberg, will take charge of the first team while the club searches for a permanent replacement for Emery.

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.

Why have Arsenal sacked Emery now?
Analysis from Sky Sports News’ Kaveh Solhekol:

“Simply put, results have not been good enough. Arsenal have not won a game in seven matches, the players don’t seem to be playing for him and the fans have turned on him as well. Last night’s game against Frankfurt, the official attendance was about 49,000 but a lot of people here think there were only about 25,000 were here, that is the lowest attendance for a game at the Emirates.

“Our information is that a lot of people behind the scenes had lost faith in Unai Emery, but the main reason he has lost his job is results. You can go back to last season as well, when Arsenal missed out on qualifying for the Champions League by one point, then had that chance to get into the CL in the Europa League against Chelsea, they lost that as well, 4-1, and they went into the Europa League again.

“Another issue he’s had has been with communication. There’s been a lot of talk about the fact his English just quite been good enough for him to explain to the media, to supporters and the players exactly what he wants. But the simple answer is that results just haven’t been good enough.”