Kroenke: Arsenal spent several weeks on Emery decision

2 December 2019

Unai Emery
Photo: Getty Images Unai Emery was sacked following Arsenal's Europa League defeat to Eintracht Franfurt last week.

The decision to sack Unai Emery from his position as manager was considered for several weeks, according to the club's parent company, Kroenke Sports and Entertainment.

With Fredrik Ljungberg as interim manager, Arsenal have started the process of finding "the right candidate" to replace Emery.

According to the club's owner, Arsenal can take their time finding a new manager, as Ljungberg is the right person at the moment "to take the club forward."

Jesper Elkjær Jensen jej@offthepitch.com

Unai Emery's departure from Arsenal came after several weeks of discussion at the top of the club.

In an interview published by Arsenal, Josh Kroenke, the vice chairman of the club's parent company, Kroenke Sports and Entertainment, said that the decision was "very difficult."

"Like all of our fans and supporters around the globe, we have been concerned about our recent string of performances," Kroenke said.

"We wanted to support Unai and his staff until we decided it was time to make a change and ultimately, we came to that decision over the last several weeks."

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