Senior management at Arsenal expect Unai Emery to deliver a top four finish this season after backing him in the transfer market in the summer.
That was the message from Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanhelli to a fans’ forum last week, and the implications for the Spanish manager are clear – if you fail to qualify for Champions’ League football next season, don’t expect to keep your job.
The Gunners had a top four finish in their grasp last season, but let it slip with a poor run of results which saw them accumulate just 8 points from the last 21 available. They then blew their other chance of getting into the Champions League by going down to a heavy defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku.
However, after buying Nicolas Pépé for a record £72 million, and bringing in the likes of Kiernan Tierney, David Luiz, Gabriel Marinelli, and Dani Ceballos on loan, the club feel there are no excuses for Emery this time.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.