What next for under-fire Emery and Arsenal ?
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery says he still retains the support of Gunners hierarchy despite the club’s faltering season slumping to a new low during a damaging 2-0 defeat at Leicester.
The setback, Arsenal’s fourth successive match without victory, leaves Emery’s side nine points behind Leicester in the Premier League table and already in serious danger of missing out on Champions League qualification.
“We need time and we need patience,” Emery told Sky Sports.
“We changed a lot of players and we have young players. We know we are in a way with a very demanding, very ambitious in our target but we know we need time and patience.”
Asked directly if he believed Arsenal were still behind him, Emery simply replied: “Yes”.
But the defeat capped a terrible run of form for Arsenal since the last international break, with Emery’s side collecting just two points from four games against Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, Wolves and Leicester.
“The most important thing is being calm, being ambitious and demanding our self to work and stand up in our mentality and in our work,” added Emery.
For Arsenal, the defeat at Leicester was another galling 90 minutes and they now sit eight points off the top four with Emery’s remit to take the club back to the Champions League now looking further away than ever since his appointment last May.
Two wins from 10 in the league has seen the pressure mount on Emery’s position with “Emery Out” once again trending on Twitter in the immediate aftermath of the game.
After the international break, Arsenal host Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on November 23; but before then the speculation surrounding Emery’s position is sure to continue.