The two reasons Luis Enrique has no interest in replacing Unai Emery as Arsenal manager

Luis Enrique was identified as a potential replacement for Unai Emery at Arsenal
Luis Enrique was identified as a potential replacement for Unai Emery at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Luis Enrique has no interest in replacing Unai Emery as Arsenal manager, according to ESPN.

Reports emerged in the wake of Arsenal’s damaging 2-0 defeat to Leicester on Saturday that Head of Football, Raul Sanllehi, had contacted the former Barcelona head coach with a view to him replacing the beleaguered Unai Emery.

Enrique, however, is said to have no desire to make a sudden return to football having stepped down as Spain boss in the summer, before the tragic passing of his daughter.

Moreover, the 49-year-old would prefer to be involved in a settled project and would be unwilling to join an ailing team mid-season.

Sanllehi and Technical Director Edu watched on from the King Power stands stoney-faced as second half goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison condemned Arsenal to a defeat which left them eight points adrift of the top four.

Despite Emery’s apparently precarious position, Arsenal appear to have distanced themselves from the suggestion they are considering the head coach’s position.

The club are said to be confident that, despite a worrying run of form which dates back to the end of last season, the Spaniard is capable of turning the club’s fortunes around.

Emery was heavily backed in the transfer market last summer, and club chiefs were said to be encouraged by the performance of the team at Leicester before Vardy’s 68th minute opener.

The former PSG and Sevilla coach, meanwhile, pleaded for calm in his post match press conference and claimed he was pleased at the way in which his players carried out his game plan.

Edu and Raul Sanllehi watched Arsenal's defeat at Leicester from the stands
Edu and Raul Sanllehi watched Arsenal’s defeat at Leicester from the stands (Picture: Sky Sports)

‘We have time to recover,’ said Emery. ‘I know we are receiving criticism and I can accept it, that is normal if you are not winning matches. But my message to everyone at Arsenal would be to stay calm because we can improve.

‘We had our moments, but so did Leicester and they scored from theirs. We need some more passion in our game, we need to restore some confidence, but we were playing a very good side. There is still a long way to go in the season and, though it is true that Leicester and Chelsea are pulling away from us, we are still above Manchester United and Tottenham in the table.’

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