Unai Emery was finally given the boot by the Arsenal hierarchy on Friday morning after masterminding the club's worst winless run since 1992. 


There were not a lot of tears shed among Gunners fans, who seemingly boycotted the Thursday night Europa League defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in protest at Emery's reign. 


Arsenal chiefs haven't looked far for Emery's temporary replacement, promoting first team coach Freddie Ljungberg to interim manager. 

Unai Emery

As Arsenal fans revel in getting what they wanted so quickly (it took them years to finally get Wenger out of the door), the Arsenal players have been paying tribute to their former boss. 


​David Luiz was one of the last players Unai Emery signed for ​Arsenal, and one of the first to respond to the news of his sacking.


He sent the Spaniard a heartfelt message on Twitter where he apologised and admitted that he and his teammates were partly responsible for Emery's dismissal.

While Luiz was struggling to keep it together, teammate ​Mesut Ozil seemed to be coping remarkably well with the loss.


Having been largely frozen out this season under Emery, the midfielder did not bother with a poignant tribute, opting to post a message of support for his new manager instead.

I'm sure he's crying inside.


Hector Bellerin spent nine months of the Unai Emery era sidelined with a knee injury and had a lovely message for his former boss about how he had supported him through his absence and helped him to develop.

​​That's how it's done, Mesut. 


​Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was a pivotal figure during Emery's reign, and was eventually given the captaincy after Granit Xhaka's ill-fated outburst against Crystal Palace. His goodbye message was short and sweet.


Writing on Instagram, Aubameyang said: "Thanks for been always positive and made me responsible of the captaincy. Thanks to you and your staff. Wishing you the Best for the Future".

Matteo Guendouzi was one of Emery's first signings at Arsenal, and the Frenchman has blossomed under his tutelage, earning his first call-up to the senior international side during Emery's tenure. 


He too had nothing but praise in a long old Twitter message for Emery, writing: "You have made me grow up as a footballer but also as a man. I have progressed enormously and you have helped me to take many steps forward. If I reached these levels today it's thanks to you." 

While Guendouzi was penning paragraphs for his former boss, summer signing Kieran Tierney did not even think the man who brought him to Arsenal was worthy of a permanent social media post. 


The fullback posted a picture of himself and Emery on his Instagram story, accompanied by the words "Thank you and good luck". 

Kieran Tierney,Unai Emery

Wow, I wonder how long it took him to come up with that. 


With Emery's sacking coming on a Friday, the players are yet to speak publicly about his firing. That should all change on Sunday as ​Arsenal face Norwich, and the team will no doubt be grilled about their former manager post-match.