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Under fire Arsenal boss Unai Emery has been sacked for non-performance after holding the position for 18 months, ABC News can report.

A statement by the club, sighted by ABC News indicates that from Friday, November 29, Arsenal Unai Emery will no longer lead the team as manager.

Speaking on behalf of the Arsenal board and our owners Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, Josh Kroenke said: “Our most sincere thanks go to Unai and his colleagues who were unrelenting in their efforts to get the club back to competing at the level we all expect and demand. We wish Unai and his team nothing but future success.”

“We announce today that the decision has been taken to part company with our head coach Unai Emery and his coaching team. The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required,a statement by the” club said.

The statement further said Unai is to be replaced on a temporary basis by an assistant and former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg but indicated that the search for a new head coach is underway.

We have asked Freddie Ljungberg to take responsibility for the first team as interim head coach. We have full confidence in Freddie to take us forward. The search for a new head coach is underway and we will make a further announcement when that process is complete.” 

The Gunners have not won in seven games and lost 2-1 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Gunners started this season with back-to-back victories against Newcastle and Burnley, but that run ended with defeat to Liverpool before draws with north London rivals Tottenham and Watford followed.

On Saturday, they battled to a 2-2 draw, their sixth of the season, at home to Southampton, with Alexandre Lacazette scoring an injury-time equaliser.


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