An ex-girlfriend of former Arsenal manager Unai Emery says he branded her the “white witch” — blaming her for his team’s bad form that got him sacked.
Sacha Wright, 35, has shed light on Unai Emery’s superstitious character. The couple met soon after the Spaniard took the reins at Arsenal. In September 2018, they split before she took him back in December.
“It was then that he blamed me for getting him the sack,” the woman told The Sun her story. “He told me I was a white witch as I had brought him so much bad luck. 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.”
Wright also gave a revealing insight into the former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss’ obsession with football.
“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.”
The couple put an end to their romance for good and all last month.
As for Emery, the Spaniard replaced Arsene Wenger in May 2018. He was sacked as Arsenal manager after only 18 months in charge following the club’s longest winless run since 1992.
Had he survived for two full seasons, Arsenal would have been able to simply break the contract.
But, as Emery did not, he will receive up to £6.8m in wages and payoffs for this campaign, The Times revealed.