Unai Emery issued a defiant four-word response when asked about the speculation linking Jose Mourinho with the Arsenal job.
Emery appears to be coming under increasing pressure at the Emirates. The Gunners have not won any of their last four games, and their most recent Premier League victory came more than a month ago.
They have actually thrown away leads in each of those last four fixtures. And it appears to have left many Arsenal supporters imploring the board to make a change in the dug-out.
The difficulty the Gunners face is finding the Spaniard’s successor. The London Evening Standard reports that they have been linked with Mourinho – but the club played down reports that they were interested in Arsene Wenger’s former rival.
And after being asked whether he was worried about the links with Mourinho in the wake of their 1-1 draw with Vitoria on Thursday, Emery felt the need to only provide a short answer.
“I am the coach,” he said, as reported by Football London.
While it would be a surprise if Arsenal turned to Mourinho, it does appear, from the outside, that Emery may be one terrible result away from leaving the board with little choice.
The Gunners have not made significant progress during his time in charge. And it is difficult to see what direction Emery is trying to take the team in.
Emery may not be worried about Mourinho. But he should certainly be concerned that the fans calling for a change may soon become too loud for the board to ignore.