Emery calls for calm as Arsenal poised to stay patient

Unai Emery says Arsenal are working hard to sign new players but they will not panic and will wait for the right ones.

Arsenal are reportedly set to stay patient with Unai Emery amid reports Luis Enrique is being lined up to replace him after Saturday's defeat to Leicester City.

The pressure was already on the Gunners boss ahead of Saturday’s trip to Leicester and the defeat at the King Power Stadium could well prove to be the final straw for the club’s hierarchy.

Second-half goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison condemned Arsenal to a 2-0 defeat at the high-flying Foxes, leaving Emery’s side winless in five games across all competitions.

The Gunners could be nine points adrift of the top four by the time the latest round of fixtures are completed, but Emery has urged the club to stick by him during this tough period.

“For me, as a coach, it’s about continuing stronger and improving with our players,” he said.

“I am speaking with the club to stay calm and to stay patient to improve and recover some confidence with some circumstances.”

David Ornstein, reporting for The Athletic, states Arsenal’s hierarchy remain ‘100 per cent’ behind the Spaniard and still plan to wait until the summer before making a decision on his future. 

Gunners executives hope the international break comes at a good time for the squad, but accept the absence of domestic matches will increase the ‘noise’ around Emery. Ornstein claims they are determined not to let it influence their thoughts or actions.

Some of the noise has already reached the mainstream media with reports on Sunday claiming Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi has already been in contact with ex-Barcelona boss Enrique and the club are actively on the hunt for a replacement for Emery.

Enrique has been out of work since leaving his post as Spain manager last year and the 49-year-old has an impressive CV – having won La Liga twice and the Champions League during his three-year stint in charge at Camp Nou.

He has has previously managed Roma and Celta Vigo.