Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola feels sorry for sacked Unai Emery.
Speaking moments after Arsenal announced the firing of compatriot Emery, the Spaniard expressed his sympathy admitting it’s not good news.
Unai Emery has left his position as Arsenal head coach following a run of seven games without a win in all competitions, with the Gunners taking action to end his 18-month spell in charge.
During that time, he guided Arsenal to the Europa League final last season, where they lost out against Chelsea, while the Gunners also missed out on Champions League football after finishing fifth in the top flight last season.
And Guardiola feels sorry for a manager he’s faced during his time in La Liga in Spain and more recently, in England in the Premier League.
“I’m so sorry for him. Every time a manager is sacked it’s not good news, honestly. But it doesn’t change my opinion about his capacity. He’s an incredible professional, he did incredibly well in Spain,” Guardiola said.
“He won three Europa Leagues in a row with Sevilla, one of the most incredible achievements. I know and he knows it’s [down to] results,” he added.
Swedish tactician Freddie Ljungberg has been appointed to replace Unai on an interim basis as the club begins the search for a permanent manager.
The 42-year-old, who won two Premier League titles and three FA Cup trophies as a player at Arsenal, was part of Emery’s first-team coaching staff. His first match as the manager will be this Sunday as Arsenal travel to Norwich City.