Arsenal have parted company with head coach Unai Emery after 18 months in charge.
The Gunners’ 2-1 Europa League defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt represented a seventh straight game without a win for the north London side, leading the board to end the Spaniard’s spell at the Emirates Stadium.
Former Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg has been named the club’s interim head coach until a permanent appointment is made.
Arsenal’s official statement read:
“We announce today that the decision has been taken to part company with our head coach Unai Emery and his coaching team.
“The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required.
“We have asked Freddie Ljungberg to take responsibility for the first team as interim head coach. We have full confidence in Freddie to take us forward.
“The search for a new head coach is underway and we will make a further announcement when that process is complete.”
Arsenal’s next game is on Sunday at Carrow Road as they take on Norwich City, the newly-promoted Premier League side still lying in the relegation zone. Ljungberg will be in the dugout for that one as the Gunners look to improve on their current league position of eighth.
Despite defeat last night, they remain top of their Europa League group and are still in pole position to qualify. This season is far from lost but they are already eight points adrift of fourth-place Chelsea.
Emery, who had previously coached clubs including Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain, had taken over at the Emirates in May 2018 as the successor to legendary Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.