Arsenal have sacked manager Unai Emery following the club’s poor run of form, with Freddie Ljungberg set to take over in a caretaker role.
The Spaniard had come under increasing pressure in recent weeks following a torrid run of results, Thursday night’s Europa League defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt at the Emirates extending their winless streak to seven fixtures in all competitions.
The club’s form has seen them slip to eighth in the Premier League, eight points adrift of the top four and facing the prospect of a fourth consecutive season without Champions League football.
Following a summer of significant investment which saw the club break their transfer-record to sign Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, the Arsenal board were expecting improvement, but have seen the side regress over the opening weeks of the campaign, with a decision now made to dismiss the former Sevilla coach.
Arsenal’s dismal form, their worst run since 1992, has led to much unrest and a toxic atmosphere at the club, last night’s meeting with Frankfurt watched by what is believed to be the lowest crowd at the Emirates since moving to the stadium over a decade ago.
A club statement said that a decision has been made due to ‘results and performances not being at the level required’, adding that the process in finding a new head coach is now underway.
Ljungberg will take temporary charge of the team for this weekend’s trip to Norwich City, the likes of Nuno Espirito Santo, Mikel Arteta and Carlo Ancelotti currently being linked with the now vacant role.