Unai Emery has been sacked as Arsenal manager.

His 18-month reign came to a crushing end after the club’s 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.

The result stretched a winless run to seven matches, the club’s worst run of results for 27 years.

Under Emery’s watch, Arsenal endured their worst run of results for 27 years

The Spaniard, who previously led Paris St-Germain to the French league title and won three Europa Leagues with Sevilla, was appointed Gunners boss in May 2018, succeeding Arsene Wenger.

Freddie Ljungberg will now take caretaker charge, starting with Sunday’s game against Norwich.

Ljunberg will fill in as caretaker for Arsenal’s trip to Norwich this weekend

Arsenal said the decision had been “taken due to results and performances not being at the level required”.

Here is the Arsenal statement in full:

“We announce today that the decision has been taken to part company with our head coach Unai Emery and his coaching team.

Our most sincere thanks go to Unai and his colleagues who were unrelenting in their efforts to get the club back to competing at the level we all expect and demand. We wish Unai and his team nothing but future success.”

The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required.

We have asked Freddie Ljungberg to take responsibility for the first team as interim head coach. We have full confidence in Freddie to take us forward.

The search for a new head coach is underway and we will make a further announcement when that process is complete.”

Emery leaves with a considerably low winning 55.1%. Overall, he took charge of 78 games. 43 ended in wins and 19 in losses.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has been identified as a potential replacement for Emery.

Other names linked with the post include former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta, ex-Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe.

Emery leaves after just 18 months in charge

Emery is the third managerial dismissal in the English top flight this season, after Javi Gracia and Mauricio Pochettino departed Watford and Tottenham respectively.