Unai Emery told his players to ‘forget’ about their defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt (Getty)But according to The Athletic, Emery was seemingly confident of keeping his job despite the club being on their worst run of form since February 1992.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe report claims that in the dressing room after the defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt, Emery urged his players to ‘forget’ about the loss because the Premier League fixture away to Norwich City on Sunday has ‘greater importance’.Arsenal remain top of Group F despite their defeat in the Europa League and beating Standard Liege in their final match on December 12 will ensure that they will progress as group winners.But in the Premier League, Arsenal have gone five games without a win and are eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 29 Nov 2019 10:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Unai Emery gave no hint of Arsenal sacking in message to players after Eintracht Frankfurt defeat Freddie Ljungberg is being lined up to replace Emery (Getty)Speaking after his side’s latest defeat on Thursday evening, Emery acknowledged the criticism of Arsenal’s recent performances but remained focused on preparing for the game against Norwich on Sunday.‘I am thinking about the next match and analysing that match and the Europa League, and thinking about Sunday and how we can improve and achieve that confidence with the players,’ said the Spaniard.‘The players now are a little down in their feelings, but if we continue and can achieve a performance like the first half, I think that is the way.‘I am thinking first about analysing the game over 90 minutes. Today we improved some things, but it wasn’t enough.‘Yes, I can understand the criticism about the team, about me. We are not in a good moment and also as a coach, I had that moment also in my career.’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 Arsenal Advertisement Comment Unai Emery is on the brink of being sacked by Arsenal (Getty Images)Unai Emery gave no indication to Arsenal’s players that he was on the verge of being sacked following his side’s defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday evening.Arsenal’s hierarchy have taken the decision to dismiss Emery after the 2-1 loss at home to Frankfurt made it seven games without a victory for the Gunners.In a statement released on Friday morning, Arsenal said: ‘The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required.’Freddie Ljungberg, who was already part of Arsenal’s first-team coaching staff, has been named Emery’s replacement on an interim basis.ADVERTISEMENT
Russell, who has been out of action since May after a recurrence of a previous arm injury, looks to have strong claims aboard handicap debutant Tandem, who was last seen finishing third to Snake Eyes at the Punchestown Festival. The son of Dansili won over the course on the level back in 2012 and he is sure to have plenty of supporters here as he bids to get a second win over obstacles to his name. Press Association Former champion jockey Davy Russell returns to action at Killarney on Thursday and he rides Tandem for Dermot Weld in the feature Killarney Grand Live Music Venue Handicap Hurdle. Cardinal Palace won at Aintree last time out and he is sure to have plenty of supporters while Swansea Mile represents Ted and Ruby Walsh after he won at Bellewstown earlier this month. Russell has his first ride back aboard Grecian Tiger for Dermot Weld and this son of Tiger Hill is not without his chance. He Is Top Class, Artful Artist, Pleased As Punch and Give Her Bach are a few for the shortlist in the Europe Hotel & Resort Handicap Hurdle while Viconte du Noyer should be able to take the Dawn Hi + Lo Milk Beginners Chase. Old Castletown went off the well-backed favourite on his last start at Wexford but he was brought down. He will bid to recoup losses now in the Dawn Run Milk Handicap Chase with Ruby Walsh again the saddle for his father Ted. The Dawn Omega Milk Handicap Hurdle looks a wide-open affair with Medinah Gold, Dashing Lady and handicap debutants Hes Our Robin and Finish In Style a few for the for shortlist. Avichi, who is a half-brother to Hurricane Fly, Lady Artemis, Brosna George and newcomer Exactoris are the four to focus on in the concluding Christy Lucey Transport Ltd. Flat Race. Tony Martin is represented by Cassells Rock and Heartbreak City. The former will be ridden by David Casey and he went down by just three-quarters of a length on his last start at the Punchestown Festival. Paul Carberry takes the ride on Heartbreak City, who has not been since August of 2014. The son of Lando makes his debut in handicap company here and it will be interesting to see if the money comes for him. Others to note in this competitive two-mile-one-furlong contest are Draco, Kates Benefit, Gusty Rocky, Casimir Road and Ancient Sands. The opening race on the programme is the Aherns BMW Castleisland Novice Hurdle with five last-time-out winners in the line-up. Danny Mullins has opted to ride Last Encounter for his mother Mags over Fearachain for his father Tony. Both impressed when winning maiden hurdles at Wexford and they can be expected to go close here.
Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade 1 Leyton Orient have rejected an approach from Championship strugglers Cardiff City to sign O’s boss Russell Slade.The Bluebirds have been without a manager since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left the hotseat last week.Slade, 53, emerged as a surprise favourite to fill the vacant position, but the League One side revealed on Monday evening that they refused the Welsh outfit’s advances.A club statement read: “On Friday morning we were contacted by a lawyer close to Cardiff City and Russell Slade, who asked us to give permission for Cardiff to talk to Russell.“That evening Russell asked the club for permission to talk to Cardiff. On Saturday the general manager of Cardiff approached us in order to again ask permission to talk to Russell.“In all cases, we denied Cardiff the permission and we did not authorise Russell to talk to Cardiff.”Slade, who met with Orient owner Francesco Becchetti regarding his own position last week, has been in charge at Brisbane Road since 2010 and on Saturday said he was “proud” to be linked with Cardiff.