'It's a cut-throat industry' - Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder reacts to Unai Emery's sacking as Arsenal manager
About 10 minutes before Chris Wilder sat down in his seat to face the press ahead of Sheffield United’s match against Wolves on Sunday, news came through that Arsenal had sacked Unai Emery.
The Spaniard was in charge of the Gunners for the final time last night, falling to a 2-1 defeat in the Europa League to Eintracht Frankfurt at the Emirates.
Arsenal had won just once in their last nine games – that coming against Guimaraes – but before that, Emery’s side were unbeaten in six.
That was until they faced Sheffield United.
The Blades inflicted a 1-0 defeat on Arsenal at a buoyant Bramall Lane, with Lys Mousset on the scoresheet and that set about a run of results that today saw Emery sacked.
“It’s a cut-throat industry we are in and shows just how imprtant it is to win games,” said Wilder.
“Everyone accepts if you don’t win games, especially at the top sides, changes are going to be made.
“No one likes to see anyone lose a job but hits home how focused you have to be.
“This is a tough industry we work in and it can happen to the best. Unai’s record at Arsenal and before - before was outstanding to get the job at Arenal. Just shows expectation levels at any club in the Premier League.”