Arsenal sack Unai Emery: What went wrong for Spaniard and was it all his fault?


Arsenal’s decision to sack Unai Emery after only 18 months in charge is another example of a club and a manager failing in the almost impossible task of plotting the succession of a legend.

Manchester United are the extreme example – when Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down after 26 years and 38 trophies he was followed by the flawed choice of David Moyes, out of his depth and dismissed after 10 months.

Emery arrived in May 2018 to succeed Arsene Wenger – who had been at Arsenal for 22 years – with a track record of European success with Sevilla and domestic titles with Paris St-Germain, but has failed to move the club out of the Frenchman’s shadow.

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