UCL winning manager has no interest in replacing Arsenal coach

Luis Enrique has no interest in replacing Unai Emery as Gunners coach. Reports emerged in the wake of the London club’s damaging 2-0 defeat to Leicester on the weekend that Head of Football, Raul Sanllehi, had contacted the ex-Barcelona manager with a view to him replacing the beleaguered Spaniard.

Luis, however, is said to have no desire to make a sudden come back to football having stepped down as Spain coach in the summer, before the tragic passing of his daughter. Moreover, Enrique would prefer to be involved in a settled project and would be unwilling to join an ailing club mid-season.

Sanllehi and Technical Director Edu watched on from the King Power stands stoney-faced as second-half goals from Jamie Vardy, and James Maddison condemned the London club to a defeat which left them eight points adrift of the top four.

Despite Unai’s precarious position, Gunners appear to have distanced themselves from the suggestion they are considering the manager’s job. Arsenal are said to be confident that, despite a worrying run of form which dates back to the end of last campaign, Emery is capable of turning the Gunners fortunes around.

The Spanish tactician was heavily backed in the transfer market last summer, and London club chiefs were said to be encouraged by the performance of the team at Leicester before Vardy’s opener.

The former PSG and Sevilla manager, meanwhile, pleaded for calm in his post-match press conference and claimed he was pleased with how his footballers carried out his game plan.