Ian Wright stunned by news of Unai Emery’s sacking as he leaves I’m A Celebrity

Ian Wright had no idea Unai Emery had been sacked by Arsenal as he left the I'm A Celebrity jungle
Ian Wright had no idea Unai Emery had been sacked by Arsenal as he left the show (Picture: ITV)

Arsenal legend Ian Wright was left stunned when Alan Shearer informed him about Unai Emery’s sacking as he made his way out of the I’m A Celebrity jungle.

The legendary former striker was the fifth star to be booted off the ITV show last week after losing out to Caitlyn Jenner in the public vote.

Eastenders actress Jacqueline Jossa was later crowned Queen of the Jungle as she beat off competition from Andy Whyment and Roman Kemp in Sunday’s live final.

Wright and the rest of his campmates have been hidden away from the rest of the world without access to phones or social media over the last few weeks. He therefore had no idea about the latest comings and goings in a whirlwind period for both of north London’s clubs.

Emery and Mauricio Pochettino both lost their jobs at the beginning of Wright’s stint in the Australian wilds and news of their dismissals left the ex-England man visibly shocked.

He received an audio message from his good friend Shearer which said: ‘Wrighty, if you’re hearing this you must be out of the jungle. Thank God for that… I don’t have to vote for you anymore to do all those trials and of course to stay in!

‘We will welcome you back to Match of the Day on December 14. Emery’s gone, Pochettino’s gone!

‘I hope you don’t bring that high pitched screaming that we saw doing those trials with James [Haskell]. Well done. See you soon. Bye bye!’

Wright couldn’t quite believe the news and had to double check with his wife, Nancy, that Emery had actually left his beloved club.

Emery was sacked in the wake of Arsenal's dismal defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt
Emery was sacked in the wake of Arsenal’s dismal defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt (Picture: Getty)

Freddie Ljungberg has overseen Arsenal’s recent matches against Norwich, Brighton, West Ham and Standard Liege but the club are expected to bring in an external candidate to succeed Emery long-term.

Ray Parlour believes the Gunners should be considering an approach for Carlo Ancelotti after the Italian was dismissed by Napoli earlier this week.

‘I think they need a bit of experience to shake this squad up and try and get them defending better as a team and get them organised,’ the former Arsenal midfielder told talkSPORT.

‘He’s available and he knows the Premier League very well.

‘Sometimes you’ve got to move quickly with manager.’

Ljungberg has brushed off speculation that Ancelotti could replace him at the Emirates over the coming days.

‘I have been asked these questions a lot since I took this over,’ the Swede said.

‘I try just to concentrate on my job and that is to try to win football games and to get us to play better football.

‘What the club decides to do or who they choose is totally up to them. I stay totally out of it.’

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