It’s happened, the day the majority of Arsenal fans have been waiting for since the summer has come around. After 18 months in the job, Unai Emery has been sacked as manager of Arsenal football club. The final straw of Emery’s tenure was a 2-1 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt, adding to a seven-game winless streak.
As things stand, Nuno Espirito Santo, Mikel Arteta and Massimiliano Allegri are the favourites to sit in the hot seat next. For now, ex-player Freddie Ljungberg will step in as an interim manager until the higher-ups decide on a suitable replacement.
It may have been Arsenal’s worst-ever start to a Premier League campaign, but it’s clear as day that the Spaniard should not have lost his job. The 48-year-old never conducted himself in anything other than class and dignity, only to be rewarded with the opposite.
Here are three reasons why Unai Emery didn’t deserve to be sacked.
#3 He needed more time
We live in a world where patience is no longer a virtue, instead, things are expected instantly. Rome wasn’t built in a day. You can’t expect a man to transform a club that has already been moulded in the image of one man for 22 years. Unai Emery only had 18 months at Arsenal, barely enough time to build his dynasty in a foreign land. When the Spaniard first arrived, he was tasked with one of the biggest rebuilding jobs in Premier League history.
If we delve into the statistics, Unai Emery picked up the same amount of points in his 51 league games as Arsène Wenger did in his last 51. So, by no means at all did Emery do worse than the Frenchman, he was in fact just steadying the ship. Unai Emery was handed a 2-year contract and two years is the minimum any manager at a top club needs to imprint his philosophy in an ever-evolving league.