Unai Emery has been sacked after 18 months in charge of Arsenal as manager.

The 47 year old Spaniard was temporarily replaced by assistant and former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg.

According to statement released by Arsenal, the decision was taken “due to results and performances not being at the level required”.

“We have full confidence in Freddie to take us forward.

“The search for a new head coach is under way and we will make a further announcement when that process is complete.” The statement added.

According to BBC, Arsenal’s head of football and Raul Sanllehi and technical director Edu informed Emery about the club’s decision at 09:00 on Friday and also informed the players as they arrived for a recovery session at 10:00.

Emery was Paris Saint-Germain coach where he led the French side to League title and won three Europa Cup titles with Sevilla before he was hired to replace Arsene Wenger who left Arsenal in 2018.

However, the Gunners have marked the worst run without a win under Emery since February 1992.

Arsenal have not won in seven games and last straw was their miserable 1-2 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt in Europa League at Emirate Stadium on Thursday.

Freddie Ljungberg took social media and wrote, “However long I oversee Arsenal for I will give everything I have to put smiles on faces again. We have a busy few weeks ahead and the team needs your support. Let’s get to work.”

Freddie Ljungberg

Meanwhile, several names have been linked as top contenders to replace Emery on permanent basis as Arsenal boss.

Names like Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta, ex-Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.

The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust (AST) also said that Emery’s sack was “unfortunate but inevitable” and the “more difficult challenge is to recruit a suitable successor”.

“We are far from certain that Arsenal has the right personnel to lead this process.

“The AST has long been advocating that the most important changes needed at Arsenal are in the boardroom where Arsenal need better governance.” The body added.

Emery is the third manager to be sacked in an English club this season after Javi Gracia and Pochettino left Watford and Tottenham respectively.