Arsenal consider UCL winning coach as Unai Emery replacement

Gunners have held talks with Luis Enrique as a potential replacement for Unai Emery. The Spanish tactician is under increasing pressure at London club following his side’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester City on the weekend, which has left the club eight points behind fourth place.

Arsenal have also registered just one win in their last six Premier League games, while fans are now calling on Unai to be sacked during the international break. Last week, reports claimed that Gunners head of football Raul Sanllehi had met with Jose Mourinho to discuss his potential arrival at the London club.

But now El Confidencial’s Kike Marin claims that Sanllehi is actively looking to replace Unai and has met with Luis Enrique. The 49-year-old coach won nine major trophies during his three years as Barcelona boss which included the treble in his first campaign at the club.

Luis Enrique took over as Spain coach in July 2018 but left 11 months later for personal reasons as his nine-year-old daughter Xana passed away from osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, in August. The Spanish coach was reportedly on Arsenal’s initial shortlist when the London club were looking to replace Arsene Wenger in 2018.

Arsenal started this campaign terribly as they are in a sixth place in the Premier League table. London club signed several footballers during the summer transfer window like Nicolas Pepe from Lille, Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano, David Luiz from Chelsea, Kieran Tierney from Celtic, William Saliba from Saint-Étienne and Dani Ceballos on loan.