Former Barcelona and Spain’s head coach Luis Enrique doesn’t want to return to management amid Arsenal links, sports TV channel ESPN reports.
There have been rumours claiming Enrique could be brought in at the Gunners. The pressure is mounting on current manager Unai Emery after a string of poor performances and results.
A vocal section of the club’s fanbase has increased calls for Unai to be sacked. But this report suggests the club’s hierarchy will keep the faith with the Spaniard – for now, at least.
Enrique was apparently an option but the chief has ruled this out. He isn’t ready to return to a manager’s role after leaving his position as Spain manager last June for family reasons.
The Spaniard has managed AS Roma, Celta Vigo, Barcelona and Spain since retiring. Luis has had a highly-decorated managerial career.
With two La Liga trophies, one Champions League victory and four domestic titles, Enrique knows how to deliver silverware.
But the 49-year-old won’t be joining Arsenal imminently. Not only does Luis want a longer break from managing but he also likes to join a new side in the summer to build his project.
Emery faces a race against time to save his Emirates career after the loss against Leicester City. It hasn’t been good enough this campaign and the team selection often confuses the fans.
Enrique has a track record of success so the head coach might have been a good option. If he isn’t a consideration, Arsenal need to be drawing up a shortlist because Unai’s time is running out.