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Unai Emery facing Arsenal sack? Gunners boss sidesteps contract Q amid Jose Mourinho dinner story

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 10:14, 3 November 2019

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is not worried about his job being on the line after squandering yet another lead in the Premier League against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Gunners played out a 1-1 home draw with Wolves despite going in front, which means they’ve dropped four points across their last two league outings. The differential would, at the time of writing, be enough to put them inside the Premier League table’s top four spots.

Will Arsenal sack Unai Emery? Squawka’s six key things to know…

  • Since Emery took charge of the Gunners they have dropped 19 points from winning positions.
  • Only Aston Villa (11), West Ham (9), Spurs (8) and Man Utd (8) outrank them (6) this season in that respect.
  • Only Aston Villa and Norwich City have faced more shots than Arsenal (176) in the Premier League this season so far.
  • Emery’s Arsenal contract contains a break clause that could see him replaced this summer.
  • 88% of fans who took part in a Twitter poll exceeding 50,000 voters think Arsenal should sack him immediately.
  • Arsenal’s head of football recently had dinner with possible replacement Jose Mourinho, according to the Times.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had put the hosts in front before a quarter of an hour was played, but Raul Jimenez levelled proceedings with 14 minutes remaining at the Emirates stadium.

Less than seven days ago, Emery saw his men go 2-0 up against Crystal Palace. They would ultimately share the spoils, however, and that 2-2 stalemate with their London rivals came in the same week they suffered a 1-0 loss at Sheffield United.

Arsenal are in no doubt going through a tough period, having won just two of their last nine Premier League outings. And since this season began, they’ve dropped six points from winning positions; only Aston Villa (11), West Ham (9), Spurs (8) and Man Utd (8) currently outrank them in this respect.

They also led by two goals twice in the midweek Carabao Cup defeat to Liverpool, who eliminated Arsenal via a penalty shootout after normal time ended with the scoreline 5-5.

The latest setback at home to Wolves leaves the north Londoners in fifth position and three points behind fourth-place Leicester City, who have a game in hand.

Arsenal visit the Foxes in their next Premier League fixture. Defeat could leave them as much as nine points behind the Champions League qualification spots.

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“I am very demanding myself and I feel my responsibility to work every time to come back with a better result in the next matches,” he told reporters when asked whether he fears for his job.

It is widely understood Emery’s three-year Arsenal contract, signed in the summer of 2018, contains a break clause that will allow the club to dismiss him without paying off the remaining 12 months of his deal.

Asked about this particular element of his situation, Emery responded: “We speak about how we can improve and how to achieve the best performance.”