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Raul Sanllehi backs Unai Emery to ‘turn things around’ despite ‘disappointing’ start to the season


first_imgAdvertisement Raul Sanllehi backs Unai Emery to ‘turn things around’ despite ‘disappointing’ start to the season Advertisement Unai Emery has come under increasing pressure (Picture: Getty)Arsenal head of Football Raul Sanllehi has defended Unai Emery and says the Spaniard retains the club’s backing to ‘turn things around’ at the Emirates.Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester means the Gunners have won just one of their last seven matches in all competitions.Large portions of Arsenal’s fanbase have turned on Emery in recent weeks and he’s been heavily criticised for his handling of the club captaincy after Granit Xhaka was stripped of the armband.Reports in Spain this weekend claimed the Gunners had spoken to former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique about replacing Emery but, speaking to staff in a pre-arranged meeting today, Sanllehi suggested Arsenal will be sticking by Emery.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Emery’s side have won just one of the last seven (Picture: Getty)‘We are as disappointed as everyone else with both our results and performances at this stage of the season,’ said Sanllehi.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We share the frustration with our fans, Unai, players and all out staff as they are not at the level we want or expect.‘Things need to improve to meet our objectives for the season, and we firmly believe Unai is the right man for the job, together with the backroom team we have in place. We are all working intenstively behind the scenes to turn things around are confident we will.‘We never take our fantastic support for granted. We hope we can all stick together and get behind the team in this challenging period, as together we are stronger’.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal take on Southampton at the Emirates after the international break and anything but three points would increase the pressure on Emery’s position.The Spaniard has given the captain’s armband to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang following Xhaka’s removal but members of the squad are reportedly miffed by the decision and feel the Swiss has been ‘thrown under the bus’.MORE: Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser in ‘advanced talks’ over Liverpool move in January swap deal for Harry Wilson Metro Sport ReporterMonday 11 Nov 2019 4:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link507Shareslast_img read more