Arsenal’s who are on their worst run of form since 1992 have sacked their manager Unai Emery after 18 months in charge with former Arsenal player Freddie Ljungberg been put in interim charge of the team to turn around its dwindling fortunes.
They lost 2-1 against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday evening in the Europa League and have not won in the Premier League since early October.
Arsenal’s fortunes have plummeted greatly as they currently lie mid-table in the EPL far away from the title matrix which in recent years has come to be dominated by rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.
The fact that the club is now greatly content with Europa League qualification away from the elite, much fancied and pinnacle of European football , the Champions League surely explains how the mighty have fallen since the decade of the “Invincibles”.
Ljungberg who was part of the “Invincibles” comes in hopeful that the magic wand of their historic team spills over to this current crop of players who through their body language definitely lack the talent, self-belief and confidence to take the club to some silverware.
Arsenal have just released the following statement:
We announce today that the decision has been taken to part company with our head coach Unai Emery and his coaching team.
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.
The Spaniard Emery replaced long-time French manager Arsene Wenger in the summer of 2018 but has lasted just 18 months as he failed to convince the Arsenal faithfuls with his brand of football that failed to knock Manchester City and Liverpool off the perch they currently they currently inhabit.
By Gerald Dandah