Gary Neville on Arsenal board’s ‘split’ stance on Unai Emery sacking

According to Mirror Sport, Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes that Arsenal’s board are currently ‘split’ on whether they should sack Unai Emery or not.

Neville gave his thoughts on Emery’s position whilst covering last night’s Monday Night Football clash between Aston Villa and Newcastle on Sky Sports.

The Spaniard has struggled to rebuild the Gunners since taking over from Arsene Wenger last summer, with the side looking no closer to returning to Champions League football.

After a shocking run of form, we are now 8th in the league table and it looks as though it will be difficult to mount a serious challenge for a top four spot given our woes.

The Gunners have failed to win any of their last five league games – which have been against respectably weaker opposition.

Last weekend’s 2-2 draw with relegation candidates Southampton will certainly do Emery no favours as he looks to prove he’s the right man for the job.


Are we going backwards under Emery?

Here’s what the retired England international had to say on Emery’s position at the club: “When he is struggling as bad as he is, there has to be other underlying reasons,” He said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.

“The board, I believe, are massively split. They have seen what happened with United, who are no further forward since sacking David Moyes.

“They will have looked at other clubs who have had success since making a change.

“My view, when you are in that position as a board, is you don’t make a decision. You let things play out until a time comes by you are certain about what you are doing.”

Read More: Take a look at the four reasons why one of our writers thinks Emery won’t be sacked.

Should we follow Neville’s advice and ‘let things play out’ or do the club need to make a managerial change before the hectic December and Christmas schedule to attempt to get things back on track?

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  1. Declan says:

    Has he gone yet?

  2. Andrew Elder says:

    This club rarely acts in haste. The only decisive event I can remember was the firing of Bruce Rioch by David Dein and that was nearly 24 years ago. And the rest is history!! Do they sack him now and appoint a caretaker or wait till the end of the season, which will be the cheaper option?

    There are risks either way, by waiting they might lose out on good managers currently available and by appointing an inexperienced caretaker things might get even worse. It may well be ‘sitting on hands’ time with this lot.

    1. jon fox says:

      But Andrew what you call “this club” is made up of certain people who decide. Now that we have largely different people who make decisions from even 18 months ago your argument falls. Comparing todays decision makers to those in Deins day is as pointless as comparing our teams from those very different eras.

  3. Ddog says:

    I think Gary makes a fair point. I’m not sure I agree but I understand.

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