Many Arsenal fans are hoping that, if the worst happens against Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester on Saturday it will, at least, result in the removal of Unai Emery as head coach as we head into an international break, but that now seems incredibly unlikely.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the UEFA Europa League group F match between Arsenal FC and Standard Liege at Emirates Stadium on October 03, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal reacts during the UEFA Europa League group F match between Arsenal FC and Standard Liege at Emirates Stadium on October 03, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

While Arsenal fans are more-or-less united in their desire for Unai Emery’s time to come to an end at the club, the board seem to be in less of a rush. They seem keen to give him until the end of the season and the 1-1 draw in Portugal, which saw Arsenal throw away yet another lead, hasn’t changed their minds.

Emery met with Raul Sanllehi and Edu this week and reporters asked him if they spoke about his future. “No. We are speaking about our process to continue working and they did not show me some doubts.”

Of course, he’s unlikely to admit in public if they had, but I would have expected to hear him say something along the lines of ‘we all know we have to improve’. To hear him say they have ‘no doubts’ is a little soul crushing, especially when you consider Emery himself seems relatively pleased with the way things are going, mid-table manager that he is.

“Those two results [at home], two draws, weren’t the best results also,” Emery added. “Last year, those two teams also gave us a lot of problems at home and we took only one point against those two teams.”

So, obviously you’d be happy with two points against Crystal Palace and Watford at home.

Who wouldn’t be?

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