Premier League side Arsenal FC have sacked Unai Emery their head coach following a 2-1 Europa League loss to Frankfurt on Thursday.
The gunners have had their worst worst run of form in 27 years with a disastrous start to the season under the Emery.
Emery, who took over 18 months ago from Arsene Wenger, the club’s longest-tenured coach, was a divisive figure in the Emirates, especially after last season’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.
The club confirmed the decision through a statement released by Josh Kroenke, son of Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke, on Friday morning.
“Our most sincere thanks go to Unai and his colleagues who were unrelenting in their efforts to get the club back to competing at the level we all expect and demand,’ Kroenke said.
“We wish Unai and his team nothing but future success.”
The Spaniard’s decision to hold a player vote for their captain this season, which eventuated in the polarising Granit Xhaka emerging with the armband, may have proved to be the beginning of the end as Xhaka’s poor performances resulted in the Swiss international taunting and swearing at fans before throwing the captain’s armband in disgust and disappearing down the tunnel after being substituted in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in October.
Arsenal and Emery never recovered from the situation, going seven games without a win, the worst period of results the club has experienced since 1992.
Their 18 points from 13 games so far this Premier League season is also the worst in their history in England’s top flight, a start which sees them already eight points adrift of the top four.
Club legend and assistant coach Freddie Ljungberg has been named as interim manager and will take over for the weekend’s trip to Norwich.