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Arsenal sack Unai Emery and appoint Ljungberg as interim head coach

Arsenal have sacked head coach Unai Emery, the club have confirmed.

Emery, tasked with leading the club into a new era following Arsene Wenger’s departure in May 2018, leaves the Emirates 18 months on from his appointment in north London. The Spaniard came under increasing pressure following a wretched run of results that has seen the Gunners fail to win in five Premier League games.

The club have won only two of their last 11 league games, leaving them eight points off the Champions League places with their seven-game winless run in all competitions their longest since 1998. A 2-2 draw with second-bottom Southampton last Saturday followed by a dismal 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League in front a of a record-low attendance at the Emirates has sealed his fate.

Emery was given a vote of confidence following the 2-0 defeat to Leicester in early November, with the club’s head of football, Raul Sanllehi, and the managing director, Vinai Venkatesham, backing the manager but adding a clear caveat that form must improve.

No wins since then have forced the Arsenal board into action. Arsenal now begin their search for just their third manager in 22 years with Wolves boss Nuno Santo and former Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri linked with the role at the Emirates.

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