Nuno Espirito Santo breaks silence on Arsenal speculation with Unai Emery facing the sack

Nuno Espirito Santo emerged as a leading contender to replace Unai Emery as Arsenal manager (Picture: Getty)

Nuno Espirito Santo insists it would be disrespectful for him to comment on speculation linking him with the Arsenal manager’s job.

The 45-year-old masterminded Wolves’ promotion campaign to the Premier League two seasons ago and secured qualification to the Europa after a seventh place finish upon their return to the top flight.

Emery appears to be fighting an increasingly desperate battle to save his job with Arsenal lagging eight points behind the top four, following a disastrous run of form which has seen the Gunners win just one of their last eight matches in all competitions.

Defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt tomorrow could spell the end for the former PSG and Sevilla boss, with the BBC confirming Nuno is a leading candidate to replace him.

Responding to the mounting speculation ahead of Wolves’ Europa League clash against Braga, Nuno said: ‘I think you know me well enough and you know that I’m not going to answer about that.

Unai Emery is fighting a battle to save his Arsenal managerial career (Picture: Getty)

‘I will never mention an issue that’s not a reality. Mainly because the job has a manager in it. It would be disrespectful.

Asked whether he was happy at Wolves, who drew 1-1 at the Emirates earlier this month and are currently two places above Arsenal in the Premier League table, he added: ‘I think we are doing OK.

‘It requires a lot of work and every day is a chance to improve and this is what we want to do all together.

‘[The links] are not a distraction. You know me. I don’t talk about ifs, I don’t talk about possibilities, I don’t talk about things that are not real.’

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s potentially decisive fixture, meanwhile, Emery insisted he still believes he has what it takes to kick-start Arsenal’s flagging season.

He said: ‘As a coach, each moment in my career is difficult. It’s a very good job, but it’s very hard. When you are winning, you feel the support from everybody, but when you’re not winning like in the last matches, you have some doubters.

‘Really, I believe in us, the players, the group. I know I am going to work very hard to come back with this performance and take the confidence we need now.

‘Each match is a very good opportunity The good and bad moments come and go, but the most important thing for me is to show my work and our capacity.’

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