Unai Emery accepts Arsenal criticism as sack looms on under-fire manager

Unai Emery is in grave danger of being sacked after Arsenal suffered a humiliating Europa League defeat at the Emirates.

Arsenal fans booed the team off and the only question is when the club’s hierarchy decides to pull the trigger on under-pressure Emery.

Arsenal board members are set to meet to discuss the crisis at the Emirates.

Gunners legend Freddie Ljungberg could step in as a caretaker boss with Emery struggling badly after going seven games without a win.

Emery insisted after the Eintracht Frankfurt defeat that he is still thinking about Sunday’s trip to Norwich but the Gunners boss is running out of time.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery looks dejected

Emery said: “Yes I can understand now all the criticism about the team, about me. We are not in a good moment and also as a coach I had that moment also in my career.

“Now our moment is not good. We need to win and to gain confidence. I think we are better than we are showing – the players, the coaches and me. Now we lost some confidence and we need to win. But really the response from the players in the first-half was good.

“But in this competition we continue to be in first place and we have a very good opportunity to win this group. We continue in this position and think of how we can achieve three points against Standard Liege.”

Arsenal fans hold anti Unai Emery posters

When pushed on whether Emery now fears for his job, he replied: “I am thinking first to analyse that match, that 90 minutes.

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“Analyse also the Europa League, we are continuing in first, and analysing our moment. Above all with the result and also with some feelings. Today we improved things, but it was not enough.

“I am thinking how we can improve better, how we can achieve that confidence with the players and also the players know now they are a little down in their feelings. But if we continue and we can achieve the performance of the first half, that is the way.”


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