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Report: Unai Emery Was Openly Mocked By Arsenal Players Before Sacking

Report: Unai Emery Was Openly Mocked By Arsenal Players Before Sacking

The Unai Emery era at Arsenal is over and to be fair it was a long time coming. The Spaniard had been working on borrowed time for quite a while, with his sacking an inevitability for the last number of weeks.

Results have deteriorated to an extraordinary level, so much so that the top four almost seems out of reach at this point. The players didn't help with their performances either.

It appears as though the manager had lost the confidence of the dressing, with one report showing the extent of his disconnect with his players.

The Evening Standard report that the manager was being openly mocked by members of the team in the weeks before his departure. It is claimed that one such incident occurred on the journey back from Vitoria Guimareas, where jokes were made about the amount of captains at the club.

Emery had claimed that the the team had multiple captains early in the season, while Granit Xhaka would later be stripped of the armband for his reaction to abuse from the home crowd whilst being substituted.

Players also mocked his heavy accent and the way in which he spoke in broken English, something hardly befitting of a figure of authority.

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The appointment of Emery has certainly not been a success, reminding Arsenal supporters that Arsene Wenger was not the sole source of the problems at the club.

Massimiliano Allegri is the favourite for the job having left Juventus last summer. He would certainly be a high profile appointment, but one has to wonder if he would be given the tools to succeed at The Emirates.

No matter who takes up the position it is clear that a major rebuilding project is needed.

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Gary Connaughton

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