Unai Emery has been sacked by Arsenal and Newcastle fans will wonder if that will now have an impact on a potential Newcastle move for midfielder Granit Xhaka.

Emery had announced he had spoken with the player last week, and said he would have a long-term future at the Gunners, but it still seemed likely he would leave in January.

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Emery’s side lost their latest Europa League game at home to Frankfurt, and the defeat was met with loud boos, as fans vented their frustration.

The board announced his sacking this morning, and BBC Sport report they have installed Freddie Ljungburg as temporary boss, with no replacement seemingly imminent.


The club are sure to want to have a new permanent manager in place as soon as possible, so he can assess the squad ahead of the January transfer window, and decide what changes – if any – he wants to make.

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That could be bad news for Newcastle, with any new man in charge possibly wiping the slate clean with the current squad, including Xhaka, which could see him remain at Arsenal for the remainder of the season at least.

Bruce could still move for Xhaka in January

Steve Bruce could still try to take advantage of the open animosity between the Arsenal fans and the Swiss midfielder, and put in a bid for him.

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It could come down to how the player himself feels about staying at the club, as a new manager is not likely to repair the damage done between the player and the supporters.

After reportedly feeling optimistic over being able to secure a deal for Xhaka, Bruce will be disappointed if the Arsenal manager situation scuppers any chance he may have had.

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