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Busy week ahead for Pattinson and Clarke

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For Pattinson and Clarke, the three-day reality check is just what they needed to clear their heads and ensure their first meeting as Arsenal’s coaching team is a success.

Hirsi, the former director of Ajax’s youth academy, praised their long-term intentions, but admitted that results would have to improve quickly in order to keep their jobs with new long-term manager Unai Emery.

Hirsi and Clarke were brought in by new director of football Raul Sanllehi, who joined the Gunners in April, and had yet to meet Emery before the two sides in action this weekend.

“It is not what you go for in football — you go to your job after a meeting with the new manager,” Hirsi said. “So of course it was a different situation. I am not in his position, yet I know what he wanted to do, because I know my time at Ajax, so I was ready for it.”

Emery had been linked with the vacant Manchester City job, but a late twist in Pep Guardiola’s contract saw the Spanish coach extend his stay.

The new Arsenal coach is without a win in his three Premier League games in charge as he attempts to rebuild the club after Wenger’s departure. The defeat at Chelsea is their fourth loss of the season.

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