• Arsenal lose patience with Spaniard after 18 months
• Half-empty Emirates Stadium saw latest defeat

Freddie Ljungberg is preparing to take over as Arsenal’s caretaker manager after the club lost patience with Unai Emery following an awful run of form.

Emery could be sacked as early as Friday after Thursday’s Europa League defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt in front of a sparse crowd at the Emirates Stadium.

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