Unai Emery sacked: Former Arsenal boss breaks silence after Gunners exit

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Unai Emery has thanked Arsenal fans for their support following his sacking.

The Spaniard was relieved of his duties as Gunners boss on Friday after winning just one Premier League game since September.

Thursday’s home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt saw Arsenal go seven games without a win for the first time since 1992.

It sealed the fate of Emery, who was in charge for just 18 months after succeeding legendary manager Arsene Wenger.

In a letter published on Arsenal’s official website, Emery said: “It has been an honour to be the Arsenal head coach.

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“To all the fans, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for helping me to understand and feel the greatness of Arsenal.

“To all of you who have supported us from every corner of the globe, all of you who have come to the Emirates, all of you who have waited in the rain and cold just to greet me after a game. I want to tell all of you that I have worked with passion, with commitment and with effort.

“I would have liked nothing more than to have achieved better results for you.

Most Arsenal fans turned on Unai Emery towards the end of his reign at the Emirates

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Most Arsenal fans turned on Unai Emery towards the end of his reign at the Emirates

“I also want to send a message of gratitude to all Arsenal employees for the way they have treated me. The greatness of Arsenal is in every director, executive, employee, assistant and volunteer.

“In particular, I want to highlight (former chief executive) Ivan Gazidis, who welcomed me to the club, and (head of football) Raul Sanllehi, (technical director) Edu and (managing director) Vinai Venkatesham for their respect, companionship and help.

“Until the very last minute I have been treated with honour and honesty. And of course, I send my sincere gratitude to the Kroenke family, for their trust.


“It has been a year and a half full of emotions, of great moments and some other more bitter ones, but not a single day has gone by without me stopping to think about how lucky I have been to work for this club with these players and their professional and personal qualities.

“They have always honoured the shirt they wear. They deserve your support.

“I had already experienced a lot in football, but I have enjoyed and learned a lot in England, in the Premier League, about respect for professionals and about the purity of football.

“My best wishes always. COYG.”



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