Arsenal 100% Behind Unai Emery Until End of Season Despite Worst Start for 37 Years

​The Arsenal hierarchy are firmly behind under-fire head coach Unai Emery until at least the end of the season, despite the Gunners enduring their worst start to a top-flight season for 37 years.

Defeat away at Leicester on Saturday evening left Emery's side in sixth place in the Premier League table, having won just a single league match since coming from behind to beat Aston Villa on 22 September.

A goalless first half at the King Power Stadium was as good as it got for ​Arsenal, who went on to concede goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison in a thoroughly deserved 2-0 win for the Foxes. 

Just four wins in the ​Premier League this season has prompted calls from large sections of the club's fanbase to have Emery relieved of his duties, with the growing feeling among the supporters that the club ​have not progressed since Arsene Wenger's departure and are, in fact, regressing.

There was much talk in the build-up to Saturday's clash to suggest Emery was walking a thin tightrope at the club, with murmurs suggesting defeat against Brendan Rodgers' side could spell the end of his 18-month tenure.

It appears as if those claims were wide of the mark, however, with David Ornstein of ​The Athletic disputing such statements and instead revealing the club are '100%' behind the Spanish boss.

The reasons for their backing of the 48-year-old stem from a belief that Saturday's performance showed signs of improvement over recent outings. Furthermore, there is also an acceptance that ​Leicester are a very strong side, particularly at home and, up until Vardy's 68th-minute strike, the Gunners had played admirably. This despite Arsenal having just one shot on target all match.

It is added in the report that the club's top brass - owner Stan Kroenke and his son Josh, head of football Raul Sanllehi, managing director Vinai Venkatesham and technical director Edu - still feel as if Emery can turn the tide in north London, and will give him until the summer before making a decision.

With undoubted quality in the squad and experienced staff guiding them, it is felt that the 26 matches left to play will provide Emery with the time he needs to stop the rot, with the upcoming international break offering the perfect respite from the doom and gloom the club find themselves in.

This, however, totally contrasts with the words of Spanish journalist ​Kike Marin of El Confidencial, who claims Sanllehi immediately got in touch with former Spain and Barcelona boss Luis Enrique in the wake of the Leicester defeat.

Given Ornstein's longstanding affiliation with the club, it is hard to believe that Marin's report of interest in Luis Enrique - who left the Spanish national team because of his daughter's terminal cancer - is anything but speculative.

While it may not be the news most Arsenal fans were hoping to hear, it seems that the club are firmly behind Emery, indicating that there is a genuine belief that improvement is on the horizon, no matter bleak things may appear on the surface.

Source : 90min