Under-pressure Unai Emery believes he will not be sacked by Arsenal

    Unai Emery has rejected a prospect of him being replaced by Jose Mourinho at Arsenal amid the Gunners’ severe crisis

    The pressure is pilling on the Spanish manager, as the North Londoners blew a lead for the fourth consecutive game in all competitions, playing out a 1-1 draw with Vitoria Guimaraes in the Europa League.

    Although Shkodran Mustafi’s header put Arsenal in front in the 81st minute, the hosts managed to hit back ten minutes later, with Bruno Duarte canceling out the visitors’ lead with a stunning bicycle kick.

    The Gunners have now pulled off only one triumph in six of their previous competitive matches, bringing the former Sevilla manager under fire.

    Winless in their last three Premier League outings (D2, L1), Emery’s men are lagging six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and are already facing an uphill task of securing a top-four finish.

    Jose Mourinho, who has extensive experience in the Premier League, having previously worked at Chelsea and Manchester United, is a plausible candidate to take over Emery’s job, according to various reports from England.

    However, the 48-year-old is confident his job is safe for now, insisting Arsenal’s goal is to finish top of their respective Europe League group.

    “I am the coach,” he said in his post-match press conference, as transcribed by the Daily Mail. “In this competition, our objective is to be first in the group.

    “We are going to play the next two matches to make sure we’re in that position. Now we’re going to prepare for a new competition.

    “We worked, we played, fighting against a team with a strong organization. When we did the most difficult, score one goal, they drew at the end.

    “It’s a little disappointing for that result. We’re first in the group; we want to make sure of that position in the next matches.”

    Arsenal head to the King Power Stadium to take on third-placed Leicester City on Saturday looking to defy their frustrating recent away record against the Foxes (D1, L2).


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