Emery pens Arsenal letter, Would Arsenal fans welcome Italian after talks held?, Guardiola will let Spaniard leave for Arsenal


Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that he will not stand in the way of Mikel Arteta joining Arsenal.

Unai Emery has failed to get the club back challenging for a Premier League title, playing Champions League football and simply moving forward from the Arsene Wenger days, which many fans believed would happen with his appointment.

And that, of course, led to the sacking of the Spanish boss earlier this week, with speculation now turning to whom the Gunners could bring in over the next few weeks to help lead this Arsenal side back to the very top of the game, with Arteta on the shopping list.

And although Guardiola is reluctant to lose him, as believes he is a huge asset to City, he believes that Arteta can become a top manager and will not stand in the way of the Spaniard if Arsenal do come calling in the coming days, TELLING THE TALKSPORT WEBSITE: “I said many times with my players, staff, they’re free to do what they want to do.

“With Mikel, it’s about being a friend, I want the best for him.

“What I want is that we stay together this season and next season but I don’t know what’s best for him.

“But on Saturday he travels to Newcastle.”

Guardiola also said he had not spoken with Arteta about the Arsenal job.

He said: “I often speak with Mikel but I don’t know his future plans. We want to protect him and hopefully he can stay with us.”

Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol has claimed there has been contact with Max Allegri about the current Arsenal job, but would he be welcome?

After months and months, and MONTHS of calls for Arsenal to sack Unai Ememery, the board finally got together on Black Friday to discuss the future of the Spanish boss and the way the club were heading, and after a few hours of discussions, decided to sack the Spaniard.

Emery failed to win over the fans during the 18-month spell at the Emirates, and it seemed that he lost the dressing gown after a number of poor signings during the summer transfer window, which have not improved the side.

But focus now turns to whom could come in and replace the Spaniard at the Emirates, with reports that Allegri is now the top target to try and get the Gunners back challenging for more than a top six place.

And reporter Solhekol has claimed that there has already been contact with Arsenal and Allegri, about a possible job opportunity for the Italian great, HE TOLD SKY SPORTS:“Unai Emery lost his job as Arsenal head coach because owner Stan Kroenke lost faith after last night’s defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt.

“Kroenke was willing to give Emery more time but last night was the final straw.

“Senior figures at Arsenal including Raul Sanllehi and Edu had decided before last night that Emery needed to be replaced.

“We understand some senior figures at Arsenal wanted Jose Mourinho to replace Emery before he took the Spurs job. One source has told us there has been contact between Arsenal and Max Allegri and he wants the Arsenal job.

“Arsenal players had lost faith in Emery and his methods and communication was a big issue.”

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Unai Emery has opened up and thanked Arsenal for his time at the Emirates after getting the sack on Friday.

Emery was brought into the London club to help Arsenal get back into the habit of winning trophies and challenging for the Champions League on a yearly basis, but despite a number of chances, and despite a lot of money to spend, he was taking the Gunners in the wrong direction.

And after months, and months, AND MONTHS of calls for fans to give him the chop, the Gunners hierarchy finally came out and decided to let him leave on Good Friday, with the club now seeking a replacement for the Spaniard.

There has been talk that MAX ALLEGRI IS IN TALKS about making a move back into management and with the Arsenal.

In a letter published on Arsenal’s official website, Emery said: “It has been an honour to be the Arsenal head coach.

“To all the fans, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for helping me to understand and feel the greatness of Arsenal.

“To all of you who have supported us from every corner of the globe, all of you who have come to the Emirates, all of you who have waited in the rain and cold just to greet me after a game. I want to tell all of you that I have worked with passion, with commitment and with effort.

“I would have liked nothing more than to have achieved better results for you.

“I also want to send a message of gratitude to all Arsenal employees for the way they have treated me. The greatness of Arsenal is in every director, executive, employee, assistant and volunteer.


“In particular, I want to highlight (former chief executive) Ivan Gazidis, who welcomed me to the club, and (head of football) Raul Sanllehi, (technical director) Edu and (managing director) Vinai Venkatesham for their respect, companionship and help.

“Until the very last minute I have been treated with honour and honesty. And of course, I send my sincere gratitude to the Kroenke family, for their trust.

“It has been a year and a half full of emotions, of great moments and some other more bitter ones, but not a single day has gone by without me stopping to think about how lucky I have been to work for this club with these players and their professional and personal qualities.

“They have always honoured the shirt they wear. They deserve your support.

“I had already experienced a lot in football, but I have enjoyed and learned a lot in England, in the Premier League, about respect for professionals and about the purity of football.

“My best wishes always. COYG.”



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