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Arsenal board ‘happy’ with Unai Emery as Spaniard’s contract causes confusion

Unai Emery still has the backing of the Arsenal board who are ‘happy’ with the work the manager is doing.

But the Spaniard needs to deliver progression this season as fans continue to grow impatient.

Speculation has begun to surround the former Sevilla boss’ future in north London.

Emery is into his second campaign in charge at the Emirates Stadium.

And the Gunners’ continued defensive frailties have still not been properly addressed.

The goalscoring of striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has regularly helped get Emery’s team out of trouble this term, with Arsenal sat third in the Premier League table.

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However, despite reigning champions Manchester City being just a point in front with eight games gone, questions are still being asked of Emery’s management style, tactics and decision making.

Journalist David Ornstein suggests Arsene Wenger’s successor is not in danger of the chop, although nothing his certain going forward this season.

Writing in his Q&A for The Athletic , Ornstein said: “From what I gather they are happy with Emery. Josh Kroenke expressed as much when I interviewed him in August.

“Whether he is their man for the long haul is impossible to say. Much will rest on the outcome of this season. The club’s tradition is to stand by their managers and let them build.


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“Of course, this is a new era at Arsenal – certainly a more decisive, you could say ruthless, one – and he’s not their manager, rather the head coach. That continental model lends itself to head coaches coming and going without disrupting the overarching structure.

“Arsene Wenger said a couple of years ago at the AGM that he may have been around for 20-odd years but he can guarantee that once he leaves there will be many more managers/coaches who lead Arsenal in the next 20 years.”

Ornstein was also asked about whether Arsenal are potentially considering exercising their reported option to cut Emery free of his contract at the end of this season.

Unai Emery is trying to get Arsenal back in the Champions League this season
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Other reports have claimed Emery’s deal, which runs until 2021, does include a break clause, which has led to much confusion among supporters.

Ornstein added: “On the option – and I fully respect other people’s information – I’ve been told multiple sources that it’s a three-year contract without a break clause.

“I could be wrong, it’s just what I’ve been told when asking that specific question. Either way, the outcome of this season is likely to be pivotal.”

Arsenal’s next test after the international break comes on Monday night when they travel to Bramall Lane to take on newly promoted Sheffield United (8pm).

Original article: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/arsenal-board-happy-unai-emery-20583733

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