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Unai Emery endures a bad evening as he is SACKED as Arsenal manager

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Unai Emery has been sacked by Arsenal following the Gunners’ poor campaign that has resulted in backlash from the players and the fans.

The Arsenal hierarchy have already started to look for a replacement with assistant Freddie Ljungberg announced as the caretaker manager.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo and former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri have been touted as favourites to take over from the outgoing Spaniard.

Arsenal’s social media announced the news earlier this morning with the response of the fans being mostly of joy.

The fans have been largely unhappy with Emery’s tenure at the club due to the Gunners’ lack of identity and the ill-treatment of certain players, most notably fan favourite Mesut Ozil.

Added with the lack of trophies and poor results, the end came sooner than the footballing world had expected.

The sacking comes a day after Arsenal’s terrible 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League where the fans showed their displeasure of Emery being in charge by not attending the game at the Emirates.

In the Premier League, the results have been even worse as the Gunners sit in 8th, 8 points adrift of the top four places.

Emery’s side had only scored 18 goals in 13 games and were the only side to have a negative goal difference in the top half of the table.

Odds of Next Permanent Arsenal Manager

2/3- Massimiliano Allegri

5/1- Freddie Ljunbjerg

11/2- Mikel Arteta

15/2- Nuno Espirito Santo

16/1- Carlo Ancelotti

The Gunners still sit atop of their Europa League group, which is a competition that Emery specialises in having won three successive titles during his tenure at Sevilla.

Many sources have reported that the board have looked at Mauricio Pochettino as their number one target to bring in, which would be a sensational move.

However, with the Argentinian’s loyalty to rivals Tottenham Hotspur and the fact that he would lose out on £12m from Spurs if he manages another club in the next months, a move looks unlikely.

Whereas, Max Allegri is currently out of work as he is taking a sabbatical following his relatively successful time at Juventus.

It is reported that the Italian is still keen to continue his time away from the game, which means an appointment this season could be off the cards.

Wolves boss Santo is also said to be on a shortlist having impressed with the Premier League side as the Portuguese coach as his side 5th, but only a point above the Gunners.

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