Unai Emery may have been sacked by Arsenal back in November to be replaced by Mikel Arteta, but he is still costing the club millions in both wages and pay-offs
Unai Emery remains one of the highest paid managers in world football despite being out of a job.
The Spaniard was given his marching orders at the Emirates earlier this season after the 2-1 Europa League defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt handed Arsenal their seventh game without a win.
Emery’s failure to secure Champions League football in his first season in north London undoubtably played a part in his departure, with his current pay packet not acting as a clear reflection of his 55 per cent win ratio.
Get Football News France have reported that the 48-year-old will receive a total of £6.8m this season in both wages and pay-off fees, putting him behind ex-Lyon boss Bruno Gensio in a list of the 20 highest paid managers in football.
The Times have claimed that although Arsenal could have parted ways with the former Sevilla boss for free at the end of the season, owner Stan Kroenke thought it was best that Emery left while the campaign was in it’s early stages.
“Arsenal was a club on a downward slope for two years before I arrived,” he told France Football.
“We stopped this fall and even began to rebuild the club with the Europa League final and 5th place in the league, only one point off of Tottenham despite the fact that we took just one point in our final five matches.
“We had Champions League qualification in our grasp and it went wrong in the end.
“But it was a good season and we had this notion of continuing to improve.”
The former PSG boss went on to state what went wrong ahead of his second season as manager, and he pointed toward some notable outgoing transfers.
“But we lost our four captains: [Laurent] Koscielny, [Petr] Cech, [Aaron] Ramsey and [Nacho] Monreal.
“They were personalities that we missed this season to stay on the right track.
“And some stars did not have a good attitude and asked for more than what they were giving back.
“Taking all of that into account, we needed time to succeed with our transition to a new Arsenal which is what I wanted.”