Zidane talks up ‘great coach’ Emery after Arsenal sacking

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he is “very sorry” for Unai Emery following his sacking by Arsenal on Friday.

Emery was dismissed by the Gunners after a run of indifferent results, with Thursday night’s 2-1 loss at home to Eintracht Frankfurt the final straw for the board.

Assistant manager Freddie Ljungberg has been appointed on an interim basis, with the search for a permanent replacement underway.

Asked about Emery’s Arsenal exit in a press conference on Friday, Zidane said: “I’m very sorry. I don’t like it when a coach is dismissed.

“Emery has always shown he is a great coach.”

He added: “I don’t know if he will return to Spain, but I’m sure he will be coaching again soon.”

Zidane and Emery met in the knockout stages of the Champions League in 2018, when Real Madrid overcame Paris Saint-Germain over two legs in the last 16 en route to a third successive European title under the French coach.