‘Blow’ for Arsenal as Luis Enrique’s Spain return confirmed

Luis Enrique has returned to management as boss of the Spain national team with a report claiming the news to be a “blow” for Arsenal.

Enrique, whose daughter died from bone cancer in August, is returning as Spain manager five months after stepping down for personal reasons.

Enrique resigned in June and announced in August that his nine-year-old daughter Xana had passed away.

The 49-year-old was replaced by his assistant Robert Moreno, but Moreno has said he will not stand in the way of Enrique’sreturn and the move has now been confirmed.

The president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation Luis Rubiales confirmed Enrique will take charge for the Euros next summer.

Rubiales said: “I called Luis Enrique yesterday and told him that Robert would not stand in way of a return. Luis Enrique said yes, immediately, to count on him and he would be delighted. He thanked us for keeping our word.

“We have always acted with respect and transparency. And we have kept our word. The federation has acted coherently with everyone. We are loyal to Luis Enrique and the person who occupied his job.

“Luis Enrique stepped down for the worst possible thing that can happen in a family. He has always been the leader of our project, and has contract until World Cup in Qatar.”



Football London report that the news is a  “blow for Arsenal after endless speculation that Enrique could have been the man to take over at the Emirates”.

Reports in Spain last week suggested that Enrique had held talks with the Gunners head of football Raul Sanllehi over the possibility of succeeding the under-fire Emery at Emirates Stadium.

But only last week ESPN sources claimed that Enrique would not consider a return to management, which has proved to be inaccurate with the former Barcelona man re-taking the job he left earlier in the year.

Gunners boss Unai Emery meanwhile has endured a tough start to the season as the Gunners sit eight points off the Premier League top four after just four wins from 12 games.