Arsenal have been told by Liverpool icon Jose Enrique that they made an enormous mistake once they sacked Unai Emery. And Gunners fans have been blasted for “taking the p***” out of their former manager. Arsenal parted ways with Emery in November 2019 before they appointed Mikel Arteta as his successor.
“Arsenal made a mistake once they let him go,” Enrique told Genting Casino. “Emery is a top manager and in England they took the p*** an excessive amount of about how he spoke. They were flawed to sack him, but I actually consider in Mikel Arteta because what he’s doing with young players is great – even in the event that they did miss out on Champions League.”
Emery had the unenviable task of taking up from legendary manager Arsene Wenger when he arrived in north London in 2018. And he led the club to a fifth-place finish in his first season on the helm.
However the 50-year-old endured a difficult begin to his second campaign accountable for the Gunners. And he was given his marching orders after just 18 months within the role because the club stated on the time the choice to sack him had been “taken resulting from results and performances not being at the extent required”.
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Arsenal, meanwhile, looked on the right track to cement a spot in next season’s Champions League a month ago. But following a shock defeat to Newcastle earlier this month, the Gunners needed to accept a spot within the Europa League.
The Gunners’ fifth-place Premier League finish was their best under Arteta, who previously guided his team to eighth spot on two occasions. And the previous midfielder will likely be confident his team can kick on once more next season.
Arteta has helped the likes of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli grow to be star players on the Emirates. And if club chiefs proceed to back the Spaniard, they will likely be hoping he can eventually help Arsenal compete for Premier League honours once more in the longer term.