In a rather unsurprising decision, Arsenal football club has sacked its Spanish manager Unai Emery after just 18 months in the job.
The ex-manager of Paris St-Germain and Sevilla coach was appointed Gunners boss in May 2018 after Arsene Wenger departed.
He won the French league with the Parisian club and Europa cup with Sevilla.
Emery’s assistant and former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg has taken over the team on a temporary basis.
Arsenal said the decision had been “taken due to results and performances not being at the level required”.
Emery’s situation was made worse on Thursday after Arsenal lost 1-2 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa cup, having failed to win a single game in their last seven matches. This is the worst winless stretch in Arsenal history since 1992.
Arsenal statement added “We have full confidence in Freddie to take us forward.
“The search for a new head coach is underway and we will make a further announcement when that process is complete.”
BBC Sport on Wednesday said Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is a potential replacement for Emery.
Other managers linked to the Gunners’ job are former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Artetaex, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.
Arsenal lasted tasted victory in a 3-2 win against Vitoria Guimaraes in the Europa League on 24 October, in which they needed two late Nicolas Pepe free-kicks to secure a 3-2 win.