Arsenal manager break silence as Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham issue statement

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Unai Emery has kept a low profile since speaking to the media following another disappointing setback as Arsenal head coach at the weekend.

On the back of a 1-1 draw against Vitoria in the Europa League, the Spaniard took his side to Leicester City on Saturday evening hoping for a first Premier League win since early October.

However, that wasn’t the case as the Gunners were beaten 2-0 at the King Power Stadium to heap the pressure on Emery.

Amid calls from a large section of Arsenal fans for him to be sacked, Emery was given the vote of confidence by Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham earlier in the week.

“We are as disappointed as everyone else with both our results and performances at this stage of the season. We share the frustration with our fans, Unai, players and all our staff as they are not at the level we want or expect,” the duo are reported to have said at a staff meeting.

“Things need to improve to meet our objectives for the season, and we firmly believe Unai is the right man for the job, together with the backroom team we have in place. We are all working intensively behind the scenes to turn things around and are confident we will.

“We never take our fantastic support for granted. We hope we can all stick together and get behind the team in this challenging period, as together we are stronger.”

With it being the international break, Emery hasn’t had a chance to react to the vote of confidence.

Until now, although it has absolutely nothing to do with the Gunners.

As seen in the Instagram image above, Emery has broken his silence amid speculation surrounding his future by paying tribute to David Villa who announced has announced his retirement.

“So many moments of confidences, of requirement, of teamwork,” Emery wrote. “Proud to have been able to share part of my career with a player of as much talent and work as you@davidvilla.

“Thank you for everything and I wish you the best in the face of your new challenges, David.”

The Gunners return to action after the international break when they welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium on November 23.

A pre-match press conference is scheduled for the Thursday/Friday and then will likely be the first time Emery gets to address what was reportedly said at the staff meeting.

 

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