‘I am the coach!’ – Emery defiant amid Mourinho to Arsenal reports

The Gunners boss saw his side squander another lead on Wednesday as they drew with Vitoria in the Europa League

Unai Emery reiterated that he is still Arsenal’s manager as rumours continue to swirl linking the likes of Jose Mourinho with the club.

When asked if he was concerned about being replaced by Mourinho, Emery responded swiftly, saying: “I am the coach.”

Pressure will continue to mount on the former Paris Saint-Germain manager following Arsenal’s display on Wednesday as the Gunners squandered yet another lead.

“In this competition, our objective is to be first in the group,” Emery said. “We are going to play the next two matches to make sure we’re in that position. Now we’re going to prepare for a new competition.

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“We worked, we played, fighting against a team with strong organisation. When we did the most difficult, score one goal, they drew at the end.

“It’s a little disappointing for that result. We’re first in the group, we want to make sure of that position in the next matches.”

He added: “Our objective this evening was to have a clean sheet. We need to improve defensively and be strong in that moment.

“We are using each match to achieve that. We didn’t achieve that against Vitoria Guimaraes.

“In that competition we’re taking good results, taking a lot of goals and not conceding a lot of goals.”

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