Date:30th November 2019 at 8:45pm
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Arsenal director Josh Kroenke says the sacking of boss Unai Emery had been in the pipeline for ‘several weeks’.

The Spaniard was dismissed after 18 months on Friday morning after a run of seven matches without a win in all competitions.

Results and performances had seen a large section of supporters turn on the former PSG head coach, with the club currently eight points adrift of fourth placed Chelsea.

Freddie Ljungberg has been placed in temporary charge and will take charge for the first time at Norwich City on Sunday while the hunt for a new manager continues.

2004 Invincible Freddie Ljungberg is in temporary charge.

And Kroenke told the club’s website that the writing had been on the wall for Emery.

“Like all of our fans and supporters around the globe, we’ve been concerned about our recent string of performances,” said the son of owner Stan Kroenke.

“We wanted to support Unai and his staff until we decided it was time to make a change and ultimately we came to that decision over the last several weeks as a group between myself, Raul, Vinai and (technical director) Edu.”

Describing the decision to sack Emery as “very difficult,” Kroenke then added: “First and foremost Unai is a good man, someone that we all respect very much. His work ethic on a daily basis between him and his staff was fantastic.”Ultimately we started to fall short of several goals that we set. We still feel that we can achieve those goals this season, which is why we decided to make the change now.”

Emery took charge of 78 matches in all competitions during his reign at the Emirates, winning 43, drawing 16 and losing 19.
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