Arsenal have sacked manager Unai Emeri after the club’s worst run of results in more than 20 years.
He was sacked just after 18 months in charge.
The North London club is without a win in their last seven matches following Thursday’s 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.
The Gunners have won only four of their 13 Premier League games this season and are now languishing in eighth position, eight points adrift of the Championships League places.
They have been without a Premier League victory since October 6.
Emery was appointed head coach at Arsenal in 2018 on a two-year deal in succession to Arsene Wenger after spending 22 years in charge at the club.
Emeri was sacked after just 18 months for what club’s statement said was “due to results and performances not being at the level required”.
Arsenal director Josh Kroenke said: “Our most sincere thanks go to Unai and his colleagues who were unrelenting in their efforts to get the club back to competing at the level we all expect and demand.
“We wish Unai and his team nothing but future success.”
Freddie Ljunberg, former Arsenal midfielder and member of ‘The Invincibles’ , will take charge of the first team while the club searches for permanent replacement for Emery.
The club say they have “full confidence” in Ljunberg who will take charge of the Gunners for the first time against Norwich on Sunday’s premier league game.
Reacting to the sack, the Arsenal Supporters Trust (AST) said Emery’s dismissal was ‘unfortunate but inevitable’ adding that “the more difficult challenge is to recruit a suitable successor”.
Names already touted as possible replacements include former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, former Gunner Mikel Arteta, Nuno Espirito Santo of Wolves among others.