Raul Sanllehi and Josh Kroenke deliver verdict on Unai Emery’s Arsenal future amid talk of sack

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Unai Emery says he retains the full confidence of the Arsenal board, ahead of the Gunners’ trip to Leicester City.

The Spaniard is under increasing pressure at the Emirates Stadium after a dismal run of performances and results in the league.

A 1-1 draw with Wolves last weekend was followed by another draw at Vitoria in the Europa League on Wednesday night, but the Gunners could count themselves fortunate in Portugal after a poor showing.

Reports have claimed the Arsenal head coach faces the sack if results don’t improve fast, but Emery was in defiant mood ahead of the Leicester clash.

Asked if he had spoken to the Arsenal board about his future, Emery said: “No. We are speaking about our process to continue working and they did not show me some doubts.”

On the Leicester game, Emery admitted his team had improvements to make, but he was confident of a good result against Brendan Rodgers’ side.

“We need to improve but we are also in one process, but a lot of things are happening,” he said.

“We are talking about the captaincy, then circumstances with some players like Kolasinac and Ozil which does not help.

“But I have confidence with the players and our work.”

One player who will not feature against the Foxes is Granit Xhaka, with Emery confirming he is still not ready to return to the Arsenal first team.

The Swiss midfielder has not featured since his spat with supporters during the Crystal Palace game, and has since been stripped of the club captaincy.

There was talk the 27-year-old could be integrated into the team against Vitoria in midweek, but Emery omitted his former captain from the squad.

And asked if the midfielder would feature at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, Emery said: “Not yet. I spoke with him on Tuesday for how he is feeling now and his mind because he is training well but he said to me he can’t play.

“We are going to wait.”

 

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