Arsenal news: Unai Emery could lose job if Gunners fail to qualify for Champions League – Metro.co.uk

Unai Emery has a two-year deal at Arsenal
Unai Emery has a two-year deal at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal could decide against extending Unai Emery’s contract at the end of the season should the Gunners fail to qualify for the Champions League.

The Spaniard signed a two-year deal with the club in 2018 and the Gunners have the option of extending his contract by a further 12 months.

The board were satisfied with Emery’s performance during his first year in charge and feel that he was unlucky not to finish with a Champions League spot, be it via the Premier League or through the Europa League.

However, having backed Emery in the summer, the club now expect Arsenal to finish in the top four and the Times claim the Spaniard could leave the club if they fail to do so.

Arsenal have made it clear to Emery he must achieve Champions League football
Arsenal have made it clear to Emery he must achieve Champions League football (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal’s head of football, Raul Sanllehi, told a fans’ forum on Thursday that they’ve made it clear to Emery what his objectives are this season.

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‘We said to Unai that we just missed out on qualifying for the Champions League last year, but this year, with a stronger squad, we expect you to do that,’ said Sanllehi.

Missing out on the Champions League for a third consecutive season is likely to take Arsenal’s losses over that period to around £100m and they can ill-afford to remain outside of Europe’s elite competition.

The Gunners broke their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille for around £72m lats summer but the Ivorian has struggled at the Emirates.

Emery has been backed in the transfer market and in his decisions over the long-term look of the Gunners’ squad.

The Spaniard instructed the board to withdraw their contract offer to Aaron Ramsey last term and they’ve backed his decision to ostracise Mesut Ozil from the squad.

The German has been left out of the last three matchday squads and the club will listen to offers for him in January.

Ozil is unlikely to return to the squad after the international break, when Arsenal face Sheffield United away.

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