Arsenal have sacked coach Unai Emery after Thursday's defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League extended their winlelss run to seven games in all competitions.
Speaking on behalf of the Arsenal board and owners Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, Josh Kroenke said: "Our most sincere thanks go to Unai and his colleagues who were unrelenting in their efforts to get the club back to competing at the level we all expect and demand. We wish Unai and his team nothing but future success."
Fans of the London club have turned against Emery in recent weeks as results and performances have nose-dived. Many called for him to be fired during Thursday's game at the Emirates.
Emery leave the club eighth in the Premier League table, behind Wolves, Sheffield United and Burnley, and will be replaced in the short-term by Freddie Ljungberg.
"We have asked Freddie to take responsibility for the first team as interim head coach," a statement from the club said. "We have full confidence in him to take us forward."
Emery replaced Arsene Wenger in 2018 but has failed to improve the team's standing in England. They remain a long way short of Manchester City and Liverpool.
Arsenal's run of seven games without a win is their worst since 1992, when George Graham was in charge. It never happened in two decades under Wenger.
Prior to taking the Arsenal job, Emery had coached Paris Saint-Germain, Sevilla and Valencia, among others.