Pressure grows on Unai Emery as Arsenal slump to home Frankfurt defeat

Pressure grows on Unai Emery as Arsenal slump to home Frankfurt defeat

Unai Emery’s Arsenal tenure lurched onto the latest setback as his side lost to Eintracht Frankfurt in front of a meagre Emirates Stadium crowd.

A 2-1 Europa League reverse means the Gunners are now winless in their last seven games, with Emery seemingly clinging to his job as other names continue to be linked with the post.

The Spaniard named a fairly strong side, recalling Granit Xhaka for his first appearance since he was stripped of the captaincy for swearing at supporters and naming Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in attack.

Aubameyang would put Arsenal ahead only for Daichi Kamada to strike twice in nine second-half minutes, having scored only once in his previous 27 appearances.

Officially, 49,419 tickets were sold but in truth it was the lowest attendance in the history of a stadium that opened in 2006.

With the sparse crowd unable to create any sort of meaningful atmosphere it was up to the Arsenal players to bring the game to life and they failed to do so once again.

By the end, it was a crop of Frankfurt supporters – officially banned by UEFA from attending the game – who were being heard over the home fans, plenty of whom were airing their grievances towards Emery.

There would be no late salvage job this time and – although Arsenal are all but through barring a thrashing against Standard Liege – it seems less and less likely that Emery will be in charge when the knockout rounds take place.