Today’s back pages: Unai Emery’s empty feeling at the Emirates Stadium and UK Athletics drugs shock


End looms for Emery

Unai Emery’s time as Arsenal head coach looks certain to soon come to an end after his side fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Uefa Europa League.

The Gunners are now seven games without a win in all competitions – the club’s worst run of results since 1992. 

It’s reported by Sky Sports that senior figures at Arsenal will meet this morning to discuss the poor run of form. The Daily Mirror says Spaniard Emery is facing the sack after the humiliating loss. 

The Emirates Stadium was half-empty last night as Gooners voted with their feet by staying away from the Europa League fixture. Those who did attend booed the team off at the final whistle. 

The Daily Telegraph, with its headline “empty feeling”, says the end now looms for Emery.

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UK Athletics drugs shock

The Daily Mail has an exclusive story on its back page today with claims that UK Athletics (UKA) “encouraged use of thyroid medication to enhance performance”.

British athletes past and present have “shared concerns” with the Mail as “fears spread of dubious methods used by Mo Farah’s ex coach Alberto Salazar”.

The Guardian also reports that UKA will launch a major review into whether mistakes were made in its handling of the Salazar scandal

In September the American, 61, received a four-year sanction for “orchestrating and facilitating prohibited doping conduct” while acting as head coach of the Nike Oregon Project.

Today’s back pages

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