Emery’s classy and respectful letter on leaving Arsenal (full transcript)

Although most Arsenal fans are happy to see us part company with Unai Emery at this time, we can only sit back and admire the professional and respectful way that he is leaving the club.

This parting open letter to club, management, players and fans shows that he has no animosity with the way he has been treated during his short tenure as coach of the Gunners.

Here is the letter in full as posted on Arsenal.com ….

It has been an honour to be the Arsenal head coach.

To all the fans, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for helping me to understand and feel the greatness of Arsenal. To all of you who have supported us from every corner of the globe, all of you who have come to the Emirates, all of you who have waited in the rain and cold just to greet me after a game. I want to tell all of you that I have worked with passion, with commitment and with effort.

I would have liked nothing more than to have achieved better results for you.

I also want to send a message of gratitude to all Arsenal employees for the way they have treated me. The greatness of Arsenal is in every director, executive, employee, assistant and volunteer.

In particular, I want to highlight Ivan Gazidis, who welcomed me to the club, and Raul Sanllehi, Edu and Vinai Venkatesham for their respect, companionship and help. Until the very last minute I have been treated with honour and honesty. And of course, I send my sincere gratitude to the Kroenke family, for their trust.

It has been a year and a half full of emotions, of great moments and some other more bitter ones, but not a single day has gone by without me stopping to think about how lucky I have been to work for this club with these players and their professional and personal qualities.

They have always honoured the shirt they wear. They deserve your support.

I had already experienced a lot in football, but I have enjoyed and learned a lot in England, in the Premier League, about respect for professionals and about the purity of football.

My best wishes always.


In away you have to feel sorry for the man who was given the huge task of not only following in the footprints of the great Arsene Wenger, but also given the task of improving on the Frenchman’s legacy.

It was a very tall order for a Spaniard, with no experience of England and the Premier League, to come in and turn things around and improve us in such a short space of time.

In the end, I think it was finally down to the communication problems he was having with his tactics and formations, whilst not speaking the language fluently.

But we have to admire him for trying his hardest, and last season we had high hopes that everything would work out.

Sadly it didn’t, but we can only wish him the best for the future….



  1. What a class!!Wish you success in your next project.. You tried your best for us..
    Let’s go back to the Arsenal way and identity. Kick out lazy players out of the team, we need energetic players..

  2. I don’t have anything against him personally or as a human being. I just don’t like his abilities as a coach.
    I said Good luck to him yesterday, I’m also saying it again.
    Goodluck Mr Emery, I wish you all the best. I know you tried your best but things weren’t just working, us Arsenal fans just don’t think we’re a club like Sevilla so we don’t ever want to be treated like that. It’s the reason we turned against you, so you’d know this football club has its history and future targets.
    I’m glad you’ve seen how great our club is and you’ve felt the expectations from the fans.
    Once again, I wish you all the best with whatever you choose to do next

  3. This letter demonstrates the class of the man at a time which must be disappointing for him.
    Being head coach or manager of a football club is a results based business and based on results the correct decision to terminate his contract was made. The comments made by his fellow managers in the EPL such as Guardiola, Klopp, Mourinho et al confirms the respect with which he is held.
    Due to his contract payout, Emery will have no financial concerns and has time to consider his future. Notwithstanding the fact that it hasn’t worked out successfully at Arsenal, based on the views of Guardiola and Mourinho, Emery will not be short of offers.
    Unfortunately, many of his players have not supported Emery yet he has been sparing in his criticism of them, even at the end. They are now under the spotlight, with no one else to blame. Starting with the trip to Norwich, it will be interesting to see whether they are up to the task.

    1. I’m today’s world hard reality is words mean nothing if you are unable to show results n do your job. Do you think if you don’t do your job properly…a nice decent letter from you will stop your employer from sacking you??. He was given a job/task n he failed so what he says after does not matter. He is young n has a good CV so definitely he will find job some where else. How can you say players did not support him, where in a secret chat group with them? Issue was the tactics, no clear playing style, wrong selection and too much tinkering. This is what we have been seeing for 1.5 years n it will be naive to say it was the players. He bought those players n he could have benched them if they were not doing what he wanted like he did to Ozil. I don’t understand fans like you?? You complain n moan, as soon as board take the right decision you start showing support for ex manager n start fighting on their behalf. Should have supported him when he was in the role not after he has left that will do no good to him.

      1. Mohsan, please read my post again. If you have followed my previous posts over some years, I have always supported the manager/head coach of Arsenal. I have only questioned selections, tactics etc when I considered it necessary.
        I have stated that the Board/Management made the right call in dismissing Emery, because football, like other endeavours in life, is a results based business.
        How was Emery’s decent letter going to stop him being sacked, when the letter was submitted after he was officially sacked? You seem to have a problem with the timeline here.
        It will be interesting to see how the players react now that Emery is gone.

  4. He’s a nice guy.
    And if Pepe, Torreira, Guendouzi, Martinelli stay with us for some time then he has left something behind to help us in the future

    1. Dear lord, Innit. Are you really not interested in Arsenal at all?
      Have you not been explained a thousand times that it wasn’t Emery who decided on who we get? That it was Edu that brought Martinelli. That it was due to Mislintat that we got Guendouzi and Torreira, even though Emery wanted Nzonzi?

      The biggest mistake we made was hiring Raul. His contacts based approach to signing players made Mislintat leave, even though he was our best chance of long-term planning (despite even him making 1 or 2 mistakes, but that’s very little compared to our past and now possibly our future).

  5. Good guy. Wish him all the best in the future.

    And I think players would have supported him if he carried on the performances of the last season and build upon it rather dropping everything and trying to reinvent the wheel this season. Players did support him last season, it was there to see. With such mediocre defense, our attacking players brought an A game and took Arsenal almost where it wants to be every year. I think Emery lost them this season. Too much tinkering cost him really. I mean you just don’t take your golden boot winning striker and shift his favorable position just for the sake of it. He should have identified the better players and build a team around those, rather than trying to just shuffle everything for the heck of it. He just over complicated things this season really. You look to simplify things to make things better, not complicate.

    Anyway, all the best to him. He is a decent human being, respected by many elites, both as a coach, and on a personal level. All the best to him.

  6. Good luck Emery!

    Now, I feel for Freddie. He’s got to try and turn this team into an attacking force again. He also has to do something with this liability of a defense!

    Good luck Freddie, too!

  7. Yes we all wish Emery well. But I will be totally honest in saying all my personal sorrow is for us and our club. I am not vindictive but I cannot forget the part Emery played in making us far worse even than from what Wenger left behind. He was out of his depth , showed have admitted it and resigned well before he was, too late, pushed. IF he had been honourable and one that , then by now we could well have been several points nearer top four and have won our Europa group. So forgive me if I don’t shed crocodile tears for this millioinaire who has finally, thank God, left us!

    1. It looks as if you have done another U turn Jon…three days ago you were telling me to “GET REAL” when I talked about our club and here you are, contradicting yourself once again with the statement “personal sorrow is for us and OUR club”.

      I really do wish you would make up your mind about things and not try to score cheap points about others thoughts, before coming back three days later echoing the self same thoughts.

      I haven’t posed any questions, as you never seem to answer them, so these are observations for all to see and hope that this isn’t seen as bullying you!!!

      1. I have not the faintest idea what you are speaking of or what this mysteriouis post is about. Perhaps you will enlighten me in plain English and be specific! All these mysterious questions you constantly refer to are never findable . Presumably you still think I read everything on here on every thread. I do NOT, as I have a life outside of Arsenal. Your last post to me, prior to this one, I read was an uncalled for and plain rude attack on me. Why you are so dogmatic I can only guess! Try addressing me as a human being Ken if you want continued dialogue. I do not respond to posts like this one and the previous one to me. Your call! As I said I have other things in my life; many other things and ONLY CAME BACK ON THIS SITE HAVING LEFT IT WHEN YOU ASKED ME TO BY PHONE.

        1. Jon, the post in question was regarding kronkie, shares, ownership of the club from 2009 and you asked me to get real when I used the words “we” and “our” when describing the changes from that date.

          Of course I asked you to come back after your sabbatical,as you were missed on here, but when you challenge me, then I will always reply in kind – telling me to “get real” isn’t dogmatic, disrespectful or a rude attack on me?

          I’m all for being respectful, but that works both ways doesn’t it?

          1. It was not you I was asking but another poster. I thought at the time you had got the wrong end of the stick and said so then in reply but presumably you did not read my post, just as I do not always read yours. Or all of anyone elses either. Someone else used “we” and I challenged it. WHAT I WAS ACTUALLY SAYING WAS THAT THE CLUBS MONEY BELONGS ENTIRELY TO KROENKE IF HE WANTS TO TAKE IT. Yes, there are devices he would need to use but in actuality “we”, and “our” when it comes to money, do not exist, It all belongs to that creature. LEGALLY, THOUGH NOT MORALLY OF COURSE. All he does, in effect, is let those who run the day to day business recycle his money to pay wages, bills etc and collect what is HIS money in gate receipts and commercial/ tv deals. IT IS ALL HIS. That was entirely my point and made not to you KEN BUT TO SOMEONE ELSE. HOPE THAT IS NOW CLEAR.

          2. Jon, ok, that’s done and dusted – onwards and upwards – now for freddie and per’s time in charge, no matter how long it is, as long as they succeed.

  8. Decent man and a dignified response. The job was probably bigger than he thought. He had problems, particularly with the language barrier which made it difficult to get his ideas across. The average quality of the players didn’t help. I don’t think he will have any problems in getting work particularly in his native Spain.

    I wish him well.

  9. Have just returned home from Thursday nights game – a game in which I got out of my seat once, to celebrate our goal.
    I watched a team that had no direction and no tactics playing to a two-thirds empty stadium and an atmosphere of resigned acceptance of abject failure.

    I admire the man for his letter to everyone at The Arsenal and wish him all the best for the future…for those of us who predicted how the end game would work out a year ago, it gives us no pleasure, just as his style of football didn’t either.

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