“We announce today that the decision has been taken to part company with our head coach Unai Emery and his coaching team.” said Arsenal in an official statement.
Speaking on behalf of the Arsenal board 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.”
“The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required. We have asked Freddie Ljungberg to take responsibility for the first team as interim head coach. We have full confidence in Freddie to take us forward. The search for a new head coach is underway and we will make a further announcement when that process is complete.” he added.
Freddie Ljungberg steps in as interim head coach, Emery was dismissed due to his results and performances not being at level required.
The Gunners have won only four of their 13 Premier League games this season and are now eighth, eight points adrift of the Champions League places.
Emery was appointed head coach at Arsenal in 2018 on a two-year deal, succeeding Arsene Wenger after his 22 years in charge of the club.
However, the Spaniard has been sacked after just 18 months in the role “due to results and performances not being at the level required”, according to a club statement.
Former Arsenal winger and member of ‘The Invincibles’, Freddie Ljungberg, will take charge of the first team while the club searches for a permanent replacement for Emery.
Arsenal say they have “full confidence” in Ljungberg, who will take charge of the Gunners for the first time against Norwich on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.
Several senior figures at the club, including head of football Raul Sanllehi and technical director Edu, had decided before the Frankfurt defeat that Emery needed to be replaced.
Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke was willing to give Emery more time but lost faith in the Spaniard after Thursday’s result.
Other senior figures at Arsenal wanted Jose Mourinho to replace Emery before he joined north London rivals Tottenham as head coach.
Arsenal has also made contact with Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, who is keen on the vacant role at the Emirates.
The sports world awaits to see who will be Arsenal’s next head coach.