Unai Emery’s former girfriend Sacha Wright claims the Spaniard blamed her for his dismissal at Arsenal – and says he saw her as something of a ‘white witch’.
Emery was axed at Arsenal in November just 18 months after replacing Arsene Wenger, who managed a 22-year spell in charge of the club.
The Spaniard, who arrived in north London having previously enjoyed success at both Sevilla and PSG, seemed to struggle with the English language and was, according to reports, openly mocked by Arsenal’s players.
Emery’s time in north London did not go according to plan and he told France Football earlier this year there were mitigating factors which resulted in his sacking.
“Arsenal was a club on a downward slope for two years before I arrived,” said the 48-year-old, who narrowly failed to qualify for the Champions League last season.
“We stopped this fall and even began to rebuild the club with the Europa League final and fifth place in the league, only one point off Tottenham despite the fact that we took just one point in our final five matches.”
Emery was replaced at the helm by his countryman Mikel Arteta, but now his former girlfriend, Ms Wright – who at 35 is 13 years Emery’s junior – has opened up about their relationship.
Speaking to (yes, you probably guessed it!) The Sun on Sunday, Ms Wright said Emery blamed her for his sacking at Arsenal when she flew out to Spain to see him on New Year’s Eve: “It was then that he blamed me for getting him the sack.
“He told me I was a white witch as I had brought him so much bad luck!”
Wright and Emery had initially split up in September, before she took him back in December and she continued: “He said ‘it was the day we broke up that we started to lose’.
“He told me he was so stressed out that his mind wasn’t in the right place after we separated.
“I flew out to meet him in San Sebastian just before New Year’s Eve and it was then that he blamed me for Arsenal losing.
“I trusted Unai and really believed we would get married and have kids together one day.
“I thought he was a gentleman and a real family man. But in the end I realised he was not ready for a serious relationship.”
It will probably come as no shock to hear Emery’s former girlfriend admitting the ex-Arsenal boss was completely obsessed by football and would watch games on his laptop up until falling asleep and again the moment he woke up.
“We would meet up after most games and sometimes during the week too,” she added. “If the team had not been playing well he would tell me, ‘I’m having a tough time. It’s very stressful at the moment’.
“He was always watching football and checking the results.
“He would even lie in bed with one game on his computer and another one on his tablet. This would be in the morning and also right before we went to sleep.
“It was bit annoying but it was his routine and I accepted it.”
Since being fired by Arsenal, Emery has wished his successor Arteta well and backed him to steer the Gunners through choppy waters.