‘HE’S GONE’, ‘good ebening’ and ‘Unai Emery’ are trending on Twitter. It doesn’t take TV detective Jake Peralta to figure out what’s happened here.

Yep, ​Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been given the boot, after seven games without a win – Arsenal’s longest barren run since 1992. 

It comes after Mauricio Pochettino’s immeasurably-more-surprising departure over at ​Tottenham, and leaves the managerial landscape within the ‘big six’ sub-economy looking like none of us would dared to have imagine it a year ago. 

Still, after defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the ​Europa League, you can feel sorry for Emery while also understanding the decision taken by the Gunners hierarchy. 

Emery leaves them eighth in the Premier League, eight points off the top four, though, and fans had been calling for it for a while. Some haven’t been quite as sympathetic.

 

Freddie Ljungberg will assume managerial duties in the interim, having served as part of Emery’s coaching staff throughout his second season in charge.

The Swede is highly thought of at the Emirates after more than 200 appearances for the club as a player, and fans are excited to see what he can do. 

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‘Who’s next?’ has become the pertinent question in the wake of the news, and it takes on a double meaning. 

Arsenal fans have of course been speculating over who will replace Emery in the long run. 

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Could we be about to see a Black Mirror-style plot twist? 

Neutral onlookers, meanwhile, wonder which manager will be next to go. Manchester United, fresh off the back of an embarrassing defeat in Kazakhstan, sit a point behind Arsenal in the Premier League table…

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All-in, it’s been quite the ride for Emery in North London. He might not be remembered for his side’s performances, but at least he had nice manners.

God speed, sir. 


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