And another bites the dust.
A bit less unexpected than Totteham Hotspur sacking Mauricio Pochettino ten days ago, today Arsenal have sacked Unai Emery after a little less than a season and a half in charge, which did include a trip to the Europa League final, where they lost against Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea — and it wasn’t close!
Arsenal have picked up this season right where they left off last, fighting for the top six but not so much the top four, and that apparently was no longer meeting the Arsenal board’s aims. Emery’s sacking, the morning after losing a meaningless game at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League group stages, was “due to results and performances not being at the level required”, as per their official statement.
How’s that hunt for trophies and titles working out, David Luiz? At least the sackings should be familiar!
Anyway, the funny part is that had Arsenal pulled the trigger just a few weeks ago, they might have landed José Mourinho. As it stands, the interim boss is former Arsenal player and youth and reserves coach Freddie Ljungberg, while Max Allegri is said to be the early front-runner for the permanent appointment.
If you’re keeping track, that’s three managers sacked this season, all three at London teams (if we count Watford as part of London), and two of the three at two of Chelsea’s biggest top flight rivals. LOL!