David Ornstein says Unai Emery is still set to be in charge for Thursday’s Europa League clash with Frankfurt as things stand.
After another embarrassing performance and result on Saturday, with Arsenal only scraping a draw against 19th-placed Southampton thanks to a late equaliser from Alexandre Lacazette, it feels like the end of Unai Emery’s tenure is drawing near.
For now, however, there are still no credible rumours suggesting the Arsenal head coach has been sacked, nor anyone believably in line to take his place.
According to David Ornstein, this is likely to remain the case until Thursday as things stand. The Athletic journalist tweeted that Emery is still set to be in charge for the Frankfurt match.
The rumours during the international break suggested Emery would be given the four ‘winnable’ Premier League games against Southampton, Norwich, Brighton and West Ham to turn things around.
Emery has already failed to get his team to win one of them, but giving him the other three if things go badly on Thursday as well just seems irresponsible.
The well-meaning belief that Arsenal shouldn’t become one of those clubs that change manager every year or two is just not appropriate in modern football and is potentially very damaging to the club’s future.
By the time Emery eventually does leave, it looks like the top-four race is going to be all but over. Are the hierarchy always going to wait until there’s no chance of salvaging the season before making a change?
Unfortunately, today’s big clubs do change their head coach fairly regularly. When you hit gold with a Klopp or a Guardiola you stick by them, but there’s no argument Arsenal have done so with Emery.
We gave him a year and a half, nothing has noticeably improved, it’s time to move on.