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Arsenal chief Raul Sanllehi blocks board appointment as Unai Emery sack debate takes another twist

No doubt Arsenal are engulfed in a fresh row over David O’Leary’s appointment on the board as a consultant.

Tensions are rising at Arsenal as Raul Sanllehi opposes the appointment of David O'Leary on the board as the club continue to fend calls for Unai Emery to be sacked.

According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners hierarchy is engulfed in a “row” as chairman Sir Chips Keswick and Lord Harris of Peckham are facing resistance in their bid to have O'Leary joining up as a football consultant.

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The Emirates outfit’s head of football Sanllehi, though, has reservations about creating a new position for the former captain as he just named Edu as technical director last summer.

This takes place shortly after the board denied reports of coming in contact with well-known managers, like Luis Enrique, to replace under-fire Emery.

The club has insisted that they will continue backing the Spaniard and won’t make a decision on his future until the summer.

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However, it has been reported that their hand may be forced to wield the axe if Arsenal’s poor form continues.

The friction on the board shows that the north London club may be in need of some stability and that could come by dismissing Emery, who is falling out of favour with a section of the fans that are demanding his removal from the helm.

Arsenal are sixth in the Premier League table with eight points separating them from the top four.

The Gunners haven’t won a game in the league for over a month and only hold two victories in their last 10 top-flight fixtures.

Their misery piled up on Saturday after losing to in-form Leicester 2-0 at the King Power Stadium.

Emery, though, remains calm as he is confident his team will fight back after the international break.

Even though the ex-Sevilla boss is aware of the criticism he is receiving, he urged the fans to be patient.

Emery said: “We have time to recover.

“I know we are receiving criticism and I can accept it, that is normal if you are not winning matches.

“But my message to everyone at Arsenal would be to stay calm because we can improve.”

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