‘I am the coach’: Unai Emery plays down talk of Jose Mourinho replacing him as Arsenal boss as he reveals Dani Ceballos only suffered a small injury
- Unai Emery has reiterated he is still Arsenal boss amid links to Jose Mourinho
- The Spaniard is under intense pressure to keep his job after a poor run of results
- Vitoria’s late equaliser on Wednesday night would not have helped Emery’s case
- The Arsenal boss confirmed that Dani Ceballos’ injury does not look too serious
Unai Emery remained defiant when asked about the possibility of being replaced by Jose Mourinho after seeing his Arsenal side let a lead slip for the fourth game in a row as they were pegged back by Vitoria.
Shkodran Mustafi’s goal 10 minutes from time looked to have sealed three points for Arsenal in Portugal but an injury-time bicycle kick from Bruno Duarte meant they had to settle for a point.
The result leaves Arsenal with just one victory in six games in all competitions and will do little to ease the pressure off Emery, who is facing a battle to save his job.
Unai Emery reiterated he’s still the Arsenal boss amid reports Jose Mourinho could replace him
The Portuguese boss has been heavily linked to the Arsenal job with Emery under pressure
Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Mourinho has been heavily linked to succeed Emery, but the Spaniard has reiterated that he is the man in charge.
‘I am the coach,’ he said in his post-math press conference. ‘In this competition, our objective is to be first in the group. We are going to play the next two matches to make sure we’re in that position. Now we’re going to prepare for a new competition.
‘We worked, we played, fighting against a team with strong organisation. When we did the most difficult, score one goal, they drew at the end.
Arsenal had to settle for a point on Wednesday after Bruno Duarte scored a late equaliser
The result leaves Arsenal with just one victory in their previous six games in all competitions
‘It’s a little disappointing for that result. We’re first in the group, we want to make sure of that position in the next matches.’
Emery did however allay concerns about the fitness of Dani Ceballos after the midfielder was forced off in the second half with a hamstring problem.
He added: ‘We are going to wait for the analysis tomorrow but, at the beginning, I think it’s a small injury.’
Emery confirmed that Dani Ceballos’ hamstring injury does not look to be too serious