Arsenal afraid of becoming the ‘next Manchester United’ by sacking Unai Emery

Unai Emery points and shouts from the touchline during Arsenal's game against Leicester City
Arsenal fans are calling for Emery’s head (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal chiefs are wary of becoming ‘another Manchester United’ by sacking Unai Emery without a clear plan in place, reports say.

Emery is under increasing pressure at Arsenal after the Gunners defeat to Leicester City left them eight points adrift of fourth place in the Premier League.

Arsenal now have a mountain to climb to qualify for next season’s Champions League, but the club are resisting calls for Emery to be axed.

The Athletic claim the Arsenal hierarchy will continue to be cautious in their decision-making after watching how United has conducted their business in recent years.

David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have all been shown the door at United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now currently in charge at the club.

United’s high-profile sackings have come without a clear successor in mind and Solskjaer was only given the position after impressing as caretaker manager.

Arsenal are concerned about repeating the same mistakes at the Emirates and Emery appears confident his position is safe.

The club insist they will not fire Emery during the international break and head of football Raul Sanllehi has publicly backed his manager.

‘We are as disappointed as everyone else with both our results and performances at this stage of the season,’ said Sanllehi.

Unai Emery is pictured during Arsenal's game against Leicester City
Arsenal are standing by Emery during a dismal spell (Picture: Getty)

‘We share the frustration with our fans, Unai, players and all out staff as they are not at the level we want or expect.

‘Things need to improve to meet our objectives for the season, and we firmly believe Unai is the right man for the job, together with the backroom team we have in place.

‘We are all working intenstively behind the scenes to turn things around are confident we will.

‘We never take our fantastic support for granted. We hope we can all stick together and get behind the team in this challenging period, as together we are stronger.’

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