Opinion – Five possible reasons why Arsenal have not yet fired Unai Emery

There are multiple reasons why Arsenal are not keen on sacking Unai Emery.

Unai Emery is under serious pressure following a season of poor performances. However, the fans may be disappointed if they are hoping that the board will fire the Spaniard any time soon.

Emeryโ€™s first season in charge ended badly with humiliation in the Europa League and an end of season collapse in the league. This resulted in the club missing out on Champions League football once again.

Sadly, Arsenal have not improved on last seasonsโ€™ performances and the team seems to be back where they were before Emery was named the new manager.

They havenโ€™t won any of their last five league games and are now six points adrift of the top-four. That could easily be stretched to nine points if they lose to Leicester City on Saturday.

The logical thing for the board to do now seems to be replacing Emery. But there are five good reasons why they are hesitant to do so.

Five possible reasons Emery is still Arsenal manager

Detracts attention from the board

This may seem a little out there but we all remember the stick the board was getting in the summer and before. Not so much now and they are the ones that employed the 43-year-old.

Want stability

The last thing the board will want is for the club to become like Chelsea, firing managers almost every year. Even if that is at the cost of trophies.

They still have faith in Emery

No one wants to admit they got it wrong, seems to me there is a pride issue here with the board.

They appreciate his youth policy

The Spaniard has bloodied a few youngsters this season and in time that may prove to be a masterstroke.

Board do not want to give into fan power

Letโ€™s be honest, the fans forced the club to let Arsene Wenger go, they do not want to repeat such a capitulation once again.


The reasons may seem fickle but what other reason can you think of that is keeping Emery at the helm?


  1. gotanidea says:

    It’s all about money, because contract termination means huge compensation for Emery

    But I’m sure they have a threshold. Once Emery reaches the number of draws and defeats in EPL, they would most likely take an action before Arsenal get relegated

    1. Gwangwa says:

      Admin if arsenal board are going to stick with that coach then arsenal as a club and the guns we are finished

      1. ozziegunner says:

        Gwangwa, how long have you followed the Arsenal?
        This Club has seen tougher times than this and will outlast most, if not all, of us.

  2. NY_Gunner says:

    You forgot the main reason. They hired him and don’t want to be exposed as the clueless clowns they are, by firing him so soon…

    1. RSH says:

      This seems to be the reason. I feel like they are waiting for things to get worse, and know things will get worse, but are scared to admit they were wrong and just pull the plug right now. They got fooled by a powerpoint presentation and hired this guy…

      1. NY_Gunner says:


        1. pires says:

          Clough once said:”if a chairmain sack a manager ,he initially appointed ,he should go with him”We have to admit ,though, that the board have backed Emery with good players during the summer and R.Salinhi said publicly that he has to achieve top Four, which looks unlikly right now so the board may act sooner rather than later…

  3. Le Coq Monster says:

    What about the reason that he is The Prince of Darkness and has hypnotised the board !
    We need to check the board members necks for puncture wounds !

    1. Stewart Macintosh says:

      that is quite possible – put him in a cape with a red sash and you know who it is ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Charles adaa says:

    You don’t fire a manager when he is not doing well he needs to be encouraged l believe he will turn things around.

    1. jon fox says:

      Charles adaa, Then presumably no manager should EVER get the sack according to you. Unless you believe that firing the manager for DOING WELL is fine, even though you think firing him for NOT doing well is wrong. Have you actually got the ability to think logically Charles, and IF , which I doubt, you have that ability, may I RESPECTFULLY SUGGEST YOU BEGIN DOING SO!

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  5. Roshan Gill says:

    I donโ€™t think itโ€™s about them having to pay out emery, as paying him out cost $6m. Missing out on champions league is $40m

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