After only 18 months in charge of Arsenal, it was inevitable that Unai Emery would be sacked as the results just weren’t good enough for the North London club.
The Gunners hierarchy said the decision to remove him had been “taken due to results and performances not being at the level required”.
Arsenal are a major club steeped in tradition and honours. They have won 13 league titles, a record 13 FA Cups, two League Cups, 15 FA Community Shields, one League Centenary Trophy, a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and a Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.
It’s regrettable of course for everyone associated with this world-famous club to see such an English establishment struggling in the Premier League and in the Europa League.
Emery was picked to succeed long-serving legend Arsene Wenger in May 2018, after the Gunners were impressed by his immaculate CV.
He certainly proved himself to be a winning manager by guiding Paris St-Germain to a French league title and winning three Europa League titles with Sevilla.
Nobody can say the Spaniard is a bad coach or manager, but it was becoming very obvious under his direction, that all was not well at the club.
His assistant manager, the Swedish ex-Arsenal midfield maestro Freddie Ljungberg, has been handed the immediate management of the team on a temporary basis only.
It should not take long for Arsenal to find several managers to be attracted to this long-standing, world class premier club. It’s whether or not the right person is in a position to take over immediately or have to wait for him.
What went wrong at Arsenal during Emery’s reign? Was everything his fault?
Losing 2-1 at home in the Europa League to a very average Eintracht Frankfurt side was the last straw for the Arsenal board to accept, especially as it became seven games without a win.
That was a situation that couldn’t be tolerated, and the fans were making their feelings known to the club. They were demanding a new manager.
Ljungberg and Arsenal’s season truly plummeted to a new depths as they were beaten 2-1 at home to Brighton on Thursday. It was the Swede’s first home match in charge, and they were loudly booed off at the end.
By losing to Brighton, the Gunners have not won any of their last eight games, which has become their worst competitive run since February 1992.
Currently four points behind their bitter rivals Tottenham, the underperforming Arsenal side are in tenth place ahead of Monday night’s game against West Ham.
The Gunners fans were hoping Ljungberg would pick winning sides against Norwich and Brighton in his first two games in charge, but one point out of six is really not good enough.
The away tie at Norwich became more difficult than it should have been, and Arsenal only managed to draw 2-2. Then they followed that up with an appalling 2-1 defeat at home to Brighton.
Ljungberg has a massive task in turning Arsenal’s fortunes around and while there will be no shortage of interested parties, the Gunners managerial position looks like one of the most challenging in English football currently.