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Arsenal fires manager Unai Emery after 18-month tenure

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LONDON ENGLAND- NOVEMBER 28 Unai Emery manager of Arsenal during the UEFA Europa League group F match between Arsenal FC and Eintracht Frankfurt at Emirates Stadium

The 48-year-old had lost the backing of Arsenal's hierarchy after a number of supporters had already turned on the head coach.

Crucially, he never managed to shore up Arsenal's defense - wobbly in the final years of Wenger's reign - and didn't seem to know how to handle playmaker Mesut Ozil, the team's highest-paid player who was repeatedly dropped but curiously recalled in Emery's final games.

He was replaced by Freddie Ljungberg, who takes charge on a part-time basis, after head of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham had travelled to the United States to talk to Kroenke and his father, Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke.

Even short-term success has not been enough for several Premier League managers, with Antonio Conte and Claudio Ranieri among those to have been dismissed just a year after leading their team to the Premier League title.

"Not a single day has gone by without me stopping to think about how lucky I have been to work for this club", Emery said in a letter to Arsenal fans.

The club has only won one game in their last nine in all competitions, with one only Premier League win since September 23rd.

The 48-year-old Spaniard was sacked following the 2-1 home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in Thursday's Europa League match.

They lost 4-1 to Chelsea in that final, in Azerbaijan, and having lost out on the top four in the league, also to the Blues, they missed out on Champions League football this season.

We could see the likes of Robbie Burton and Tyreece John-Jules make their Arsenal first-team debuts under Ljungberg, as they are 2 players he rates highly and used consistently last season with the u23's. Xhaka later said he and his family had been subjected to abuse and threats on social media.

Unai Emery reacts during Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Southampton on Nov 23.

Arsenal have sacked manager Unai Emery after the Premier League club's worst run in more than a quarter of a century and appointed former player and fan favourite Freddie Ljungberg as interim coach, the Premier League club announced on Friday. Two of the men who made the decision to appoint Emery - chief executive Ivan Gazidis and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat - departed within nine months, leaving the Spaniard more exposed to change. But he failed to live up to the expectations of Arsenal and the Premier League, and the frustration had been building amongst supporters. We have a busy few weeks ahead and the team needs your support.

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