Arsenal boss Unai Emery has one month to save his job
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has just one month to save his job as pressure is mounting from the board.
According to the Daily Mirror, Emery’s fate may be decided by the upcoming Premier League games against struggling Southampton, Norwich, Brighton and West Ham.
The Spaniard is also expected to deliver against a powerful Manchester City side at the Emirates on December 15 (4.30pm) and needs to seal qualification to the next round of the Europa League.
The ex-Sevilla boss was given a vote of confidence by head of football Raul Sanllehi after last week’s 2-0 defeat at Leicester which saw the north London club slump to sixth place with just two wins in the last 10 Premier League fixtures.
There is belief inside the club that sacking the former Paris Saint-Germain manager may not solve the crisis but their hand may be forced if results don’t improve soon.
There is a strong feeling within the club that Arsenal have lost their identity after Arsene Wenger’s 26-year reign at the helm came to an end in 2018.
Wenger transformed the Emirates outfit by building on the club’s traditional values and adding innovative modern methods that saw young players developing to football legends, such as Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Cesc Fabregas and many more.
The Frenchman also led the Arsenal Invincibles to an undefeated Premier League triumph in 2004.
However, there’s now a feeling that the club has turned into a mere shadow of its old self as high-level appointments have failed and some of Wenger’s closest and most respected associates, like former head of youth recruitment Steve Morrow, have been cleared out.
An insider said: “The DNA that made Arsenal the club it was has slowly but surely drained away.
“Appointments have been made – both before and after Wenger's departure – that either didn't work out or aren't working out.
“Long-serving members of staff have been shocked by what's happening to the club.
“To say, it was a shock to see so many good people leave so suddenly is an understatement.
“Steve Morrow, in particular, is a huge loss.
“He is someone who is respected throughout football and is seen as having the potential to be a director of football.”