& # 39; Finding the Right Candidate, Not the First Candidate & # 39 ;: Arsenal Director Josh Kroenke says Gunners will take the time to appoint Unai Emery replacement after revealing that dismissal for weeks had been on the cards
- Josh Kroenke greeted Unai Emery as a & # 39; good man & # 39; but said resignation was inevitable
- Kroenke says he is convinced that the club can still achieve its goals this season
- De 38 -year-old has supported caretaker Boss Freddie Ljungberg to stabilize the ship
Arsenal Director Josh Kroenke admits that the resignation of Unai Emery already & # 39; weeks & # 39; was in the pipeline.
Emery was relieved of his duties on Friday morning after a series of seven non-win games.
The 48-year-old had lost the support of the hierarchy of Arsenal after a number of supporters had already engaged the head coach.
Arsenal director Josh Kroenke gave a rally cry on Saturday club training field
Kroenke says he still has faith that the club can still achieve their goals this season n reach
He was replaced by Freddie Ljungberg who takes the lead part-time, after head of football Raul Sanllehi and general manager Vinai Venkatesham had traveled to the United States to meet Kroenke and his father, Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke, to talk.
& # 39; Like all our fans and supporters around the world, we have been concerned about our recent series of performances, & # 39; Josh Kroenke told the Arsenal website.
& # 39; We wanted to support Unai and his staff until we decided it was time to make a change and we finally came to that decision in recent weeks. as a group between myself, Raul, Vinai and (technical director) Edu. & # 39;
But Kroenke told the players that he will not panic for a replacement. The 39-year-old said: & # 39; It's about finding the right candidate, not the first. & # 39;
Ljungberg and new assistant Per Mertesacker go to Norwich with Arsenal ninth in the Premier League and eight points from the top 4.
Kroenke said: & # 39; Like all our fans and supporters about around the world, we are concerned about our recent series of performances.
& # 39; Unai is a good man, someone we all very much respect. In the end we did not achieve various goals. We still have the feeling that we can achieve these goals this season, so we have decided to make the change.
& # 39; Freddie has Arsenal DNA, he is the right person right now I'm ok and the club forward My message to Freddie and the players was to go back to basics and especially to go back to some fun, which is a winning formula. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Ljungberg, 42, said he didn't know Arsenal is interested in some names to replace Emery, but it can be difficult to keep Nels Espirito Santo or Leicester & Brendan Rodgers away mid-season.
his stint could end, Ljungberg told Sky Sports: & # 39; They just said: & # 39; Focus on the next game and what you can see there . & # 39;
& # 39; I focus on the players and the game tomorrow and do my best. For me it's about the team and the club, we have a game tomorrow.
& # 39; Maybe there are a few other games. I am not going to try to make major changes. I'm going to concentrate on how we can play and what we will do on the football field. & # 39;