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Emery backed to carry on as Arsenal mentor

By AAP Newswire

High-ranking officials at Arsenal have told manager Unai Emery he is still "the right man for the job" but the team's results must improve.

Emery has come under pressure with the London club winning just two of their last 10 English Premier League games to fall eight points off the top four.

Arsenal's head of football, Raul Sanllehi, and managing director, Vinai Venkatesham, told club staff at a pre-planned meeting: "We share the frustration with our fans, Unai, players and all our staff as they are not at the level we want or expect.

"Things need to improve to meet our objectives for the season, and we firmly believe Unai is the right man for the job, together with the backroom team we have in place."

Arsenal head into a two-week international break on the back of losing at Leicester 2-0 in the league.

Emery, who was hired as the replacement for Arsene Wenger in May 2018, recently took the captaincy from Granit Xhaka after the midfielder swore at fans as he was jeered following his substitution in a 2-2 home draw against Crystal Palace.

And Xhaka has warned Arsenal supporters that the "extreme hostility" directed at him damages team spirit.

"It was very hurtful and frustrating. I can't understand a reaction like that even now, especially the vehemence of it and the extreme hostility directed against me," the 27-year-old told Swiss newspaper Blick.