Arsenal ‘to sack Unai Emery imminently’ with Freddie Ljungberg set to take charge

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Arsenal are set to sack Unai Emery imminently, it has been claimed.

The Spaniard is set to be booted out by Emirates Stadium bosses after last night’s Europa League defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Arsenal board members are meeting on Friday morning to discuss their options amid the club’s worst run of results since 1992.

And, according to The Athletic, Emery’s departure from the club is imminent.

Freddie Ljungberg, the assistant first-team coach, is the leading candidate to take charge on an interim basis.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired Arsenal into a half-time lead against Frankfurt on Thursday but Daichi Kamada’s double after the break ensured the Bundesliga side left north London with all three points.

Despite the speculation over his future, Emery is planning to take charge of Sunday’s Premier League fixture against Norwich City.

He said: “I’ll analyse the match, and I’m thinking about the next match.”

The former PSG boss added: “We are better than we are showing.

“The response from the players in the first half was good but the injuries was important because we needed fresh players and we couldn’t do that. I am thinking about the next match and how we can improve.

“If we play like in the first half, that is the way. I think we improved some things to make sure we could take the three points but we lost all our work in 15 minutes.

“The first thing to recover confidence is to win. This is the first match we lost at home.”

Ljungberg is the bookies’ joint-favourite with Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo to succeed Emery on a full-time basis.

A spokesman said: “Like Arsenal conceding a goal, we could all see this for a long time, though I’m sure Unai Emery is utterly baffled – a bit like Gunners fans watching his post-match interviews recently.

“And it looks like the club could go from a pants manager to a pants model, as Freddie Ljungberg gets a lot of attention from our punters.”


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