Unai Emery started his job as the coach of Arsenal in May 2018, after their legendary coach, Arsene wenger left the club.
The Spanish coach agreed to a two-year deal with
, with the club having the option to extend his deal for a further year at that time. Since then
has helped the team to win in 43 matches while they have lost in eighteen and drew fifteen more, which is not the expected result.
Now after just one year of his job in
, Gunner’s hierarchy have announced that they will stand by him, even though they have given him time to turn things around.
a public vote of confidence, backing him to turn their fortunes around but adding a clear warning that the team must improve.
haven’t started a good season as they have lost in three games and drew another five and that is why the performance of the coach has come under scrutiny. It has to be noted that currently, they are eight points behind fourth-placed Manchester City and nine short of Leicester, who beat them 2-0 on Saturday and sit in second place after Liverpool now.
The rumor of the coach being replaced has been swirling around for a while.
First it was said that Emery will be replaced by José Mourinho but then the club announced that this just a rumor. They did the same thing with Massimiliano Allegri who the club fans really liked to be in charge. But the most name linked by this replacement is Luis Enrique. The rumor was so heard that we were all waiting to hear the club’s announcement but now it seems like they have chosen to go along with their cuurent coach.
No matter what they say, we all know that the Gunners’ board are ready to change their manager. However, with the next four Premier League games against Southampton, Norwich, Brighton and West Ham it seems like they have decided to give the coach another golden opportunity to lift the mood at the Emirates. Therefore, the manager has until the new year to turn things around at Arsenal.
Now it is obvious that if nothing changes by that time, the club will reluctantly look to replace the Spaniard.
But for now the board have decided to be on his side as they believe he is still overseeing improvements to the squad and their playing style.
In fact, During a staff event on Monday the club’s head of football, Raul Sanllehi, and the managing director, Vinai Venkatesham, told the 200 staff at the Emirates Stadium that the manager retains their faith.
"We firmly believe Unai is the right man for the job," they told Arsenal staff.
“We are as disappointed as everyone else with both our results and performances at this stage of the season. We share the frustration with our fans, Unai, players and all our staff as they are not at the level we want or expect,”
“Things need to improve to meet our objectives for the season and we firmly believe Unai is the right man for the job, together with the backroom team we have in place. We are all working intensively behind the scenes to turn things around and are confident we will.”
“We never take our fantastic support for granted,”
“We hope we can all stick together and get behind the team in this challenging period, as together we are stronger.”
What is going on with Xhaka?
It was back on 27 October in Gunners match against Crystal Palace that Xhaka was booed as he walked off the pitch after he was substituted against Palace which made him cup his ear, take his shirt off and head straight down the tunnel to the dressing room.
The Switzerland midfielder has not played for the club since.
"It was very hurtful and frustrating," Xhaka told the Swiss newspaper, Blick.
"I can't understand a reaction like that even now, especially the vehemence of it and the extreme hostility directed against me."
"When my shirt number lit up on the fourth official's panel and our own fans broke into gleeful jubilation, that hit me very hard and really upset me," he added.
"Insulting and swearing at your own captain will cause upset and a bad atmosphere for the team you are actually supposed to be supporting; that makes no sense to me and weakens the team's spirit."
"I've been 100% behind the club and my role as a player since I came here," he said.
"I'm proud to be playing for this big club. I'll continue to stay positive, give my all to an even greater extent and prove that I'm an important part of this great team.
"Last week, in particular, was a very special, emotional experience for me but I'm doing very well again, I've trained well this week and am looking forward to my next assignments."
Now it is up to Emery to choose whether he wants the 27-year-old back or not. This is as last week he suggested that the midfielder might not play for Arsenal again, but for now, Xhaka has to spend the next week with Switzerland, who face Georgia and Gibraltar on 15 and 18 November.