Unai Emery receives the backing of the Arsenal board.
Unai Emery has been handed a major boost as the club’s head coach after Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi defended him in front of staff.
Emery has come under fire from the club’s fans in recent weeks as they have won just once in their last seven competitive matches. Several fans have been calling for a change of management, but it seems the board is not ready to get a new manager through the door just yet.
The media is claiming that Arsenal has spoken to former Barcelona boss, Luis Enrique about replacing Emery but the club’s head of football has come out to rubbish the rumours by giving him a show of support.
‘We are as disappointed as everyone else with both our results and performances at this stage of the season,’ said Sanllehi.
‘We share the frustration with our fans, Unai, players and all out 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 intenstively behind the scenes to turn things around 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’.
Getting a vote of confidence is fairly meaningless these days but in this case, I believe its genuine.
The feeling I get is that the board have no intention of sacking Emery because they believe in the project. Problem is, no one knows what that project is.
Not even this Arsenal board can continue to ignore bad performances. Patience is a virtue fans simply do not possess.
The next game Arsenal play would be at home against Southampton and anything other than a win may change some attitudes on the board.
Is Unai Emery getting the vote of confidence good news or bad news? Is it a prelude to the club firing him or do they really mean it?