Football Back Pages: Arsenal Sacks Emery
What's making headlines from around Europe's top leagues.
We take a look at what's making headlines throughout European football.
ARSENAL SACKS UNAI EMERY
When the end came for Unai Emery at Arsenal, it came quickly, just 12 hours after the Gunners’ Europa League loss to Eintracht Frankfurt.
That defeat made it seven games in all competitions without a win for Arsenal, and club bosses could not see a way back with Emery.
In charge for 78 games, Emery won 43 and had his best success in the Europa League, taking the Gunners to last season’s final.
Arsenal has now turned one of its former players, Freddie Ljungberg, as caretaker boss.
MAN UNITED PREPARE €75M HAALAND OFFER
Looking to make a strong run at the Premier League top-four in the second half of the season, Manchester United is set to spend in January.
It has been reported United is ready to bid €75 million for striker Erling Haaland, who has 27 goals for RB Salzburg this season.
ENRIQUE AND MORENO TRADE SHOTS OVER SPAIN
The return of Luis Enrique as Spain manager has been more of a controversy than a celebration, trading shots with predecessor Robert Moreno.
When Moreno took over after Enrique resigned to care for his ailing daughter, he said he would gladly step aside for Enrique to return. But when that time came, Moreno wanted to stay until Euro 2020, a move Enrique interpreted as disloyal, banishing his former assistant:
For me it was disloyal. I would never do it. And I don't want anybody like that in my staff.
For his part, Moreno has dismissed Enrique’s assessment, claiming he acted honourably at all times.
WATFORD SACKS SANCHEZ FLORES
The return of Quique Sanchez Flores for a second spell at Watford has ended in the sack after just 12 games.
Appointed manager in September, Sanchez Flores could not improve the Hornets, who sit bottom of the Premier League table and six points away from safety.
FRANCE, PORTUGAL, GERMANY IN EURO 2020 GROUP OF DEATH
Italy, England and Spain have received reasonable draws for Euro 2020, but the story is much different for France, Portugal and Germany.
While Italy faces Turkey, Wales and Switzerland in Group A, defending champion Portugal, world champion France and Germany are together in Group F.
Although Germany manager Joachim Low seemed to take the draw well:
It's great to have such teams in the group. Portugal is the European champion, France, world champion. Mbappe, Griezmann, Ronaldo - it's really good.
Drawn in Group D, England plays Croatia, Czech Republic and a playoff winner, as does Spain in Group E alongside Sweden and Poland.
The first game of Euro 2020 will be Turkey against Italy in Rome on June 12.
BVB DROP SANCHO FOR LACK OF FOCUS
Responding positively is the best way to get through a negative, which is exactly what Jadon Sancho has done after being dropped by Borussia Dortmund.
With manager Lucien Favre saying Sancho lacked focus, he came off the bench to score against Barcelona in the midweek Champions League tie and hit the opener in the weekend's Bundesliga win over Hertha Berlin.