Arsenal news: Unai Emery’s job is not under threat but he’s still trying to win over the club’s fans
Unai Emery joined Arsenal in the summer of 2018 after having guided Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title.
The Spaniard missed out on qualifying for the Champions League by one point last season, as the Gunners’ finished fifth in the Premier League.
And while the 47-year-old also took Arsenal to the final of the Europa League, he is still struggling to win over some sections of the Gunners’ fanbase.
Clearly the jury is out on Emery among sections of the fanbase
And Ornstein thinks Arsenal may end up following the example of Manchester United in their post-Ferguson era.
“You do wonder once a long-serving manager leaves whether a period will follow that sees a club go through several successors before finding the right one,” Ornstein said.
“Clearly the jury is out on Emery among sections of the fanbase and that means, atmosphere-wise, he’s walking a tightrope in every game.”
However, he does think the Spaniard’s accomplishments last season means his job is currently safe, while he also revealed that Emery was chosen from a broad shortlist by the Arsenal board.
Arsenal news: David Ornstein thinks the jury is out on Unai Emery among sections of the fanbase
“Although this in no way tells the whole story, the broader picture of reaching a European final and missing out on top four by one point and then finding themselves third the following season suggests his job is not under threat,” Ornstein added.
“I know the shortlist of eight that Arsenal picked Emery from but I reckon only a couple of them would feature on any future shortlist.”
While not setting the Premier League ablaze with their performance in the early part of their Premier League campaign, Emery has guided Arsenal to third in the table and only one point behind Manchester City after eight games.
Arsenal have also convincingly won both of their opening Europa League games and Ornstein thinks Emery can be the manager the club needs post-Wenger.
“I think he can be the right man for Arsenal,” Ornstein added.
“I hear mainly good things about him from people in and around the club.”
Although if the club did decide to part ways with Emery, Ornstein suggests it would be former Gunner and current assistant first-team coach, Freddie Ljungberg, who would take up the reigns, at least on a temporary basis.
“Freddie is highly-rated by the players and staff, and the logical feeling is he would take temporary charge if anything happened with Emery,” Ornstein said.
“He has ‘number one’ ambitions of his own and won’t hang around somewhere for too long if he doesn’t think the opportunity will come.”