Why Arsenal won’t sack Unai Emery amid claims of Luis Enrique talks

Leicester 2 – Arsenal 0

Arsenal suffered another bruising Premier League defeat on Saturday, losing 2-0 to Leicester.

While Leicester are surging in the league and looking dead-certs to finish in the top-four, Arsenal are once again faltering.

The Gunners never looked like winning at the King Power Stadium once the Foxes took the lead through Jamie Vardy.

Vardy later turned provider as James Maddison wrapped up the points.

Why Arsenal won’t sack Unai Emery

Should Arsenal sack Unai Emery?

While many fans wish for the Spaniard to be axed, the Athletic’s David Ornstein has made it clear on Sunday that Emery is going nowhere.

Ornstein has reported that Arsenal have zero intention of sacking their manager:

The Athletic has been informed by senior sources that Arsenal’s hierarchy remain “100 per cent” behind Emery and still plan to wait until the summer before making a decision on his future…

There is no attempt to hide the fact that most of their problems have been self inflicted, though they also apportion blame to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system.

So why aren’t Arsenal keen to sack Emery?

According to Ornstein, it’s because they believe that he’s leading the team in the right direction:

(The Arsenal board) are adamant their project is sound, well planned and will bring success, provided the external atmosphere allows it to do so.

They hope the international break comes at a good time for the squad — allowing them a welcome change of scenery — but accept the absence of domestic matches will increase the “noise” around Emery and they are determined not to let it influence their thoughts or actions.

Are Arsenal lining up Luis Enrique to be their next manager?

That rumour popped up in the Sunday tabloids following an initial claim in Spanish paper El Confidencial.

It’s claimed that Arsenal’s head of football, Raul Sanllehi, has been in touch with Luis Enrique to enquire about his availability.

Enrique is the former Celta Vigo, Barcelona and Spain manager.

He’s currently out of the game following the tragic passing of his daughter.

However, while these Arsenal-Enrique stories fly about, the Athletic suggest that it’s a load of rubbish:

Reports of contact being established with potential successors to Emery are vigorously denied and it has been clearly communicated that they are not considering a change of head coach.

It should also be noted that, a few weeks ago, stories circled that Raul Sanllehi had met Jose Mourinho for a meal.

Arsenal later denied that meeting ever happened.

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