Arsenal have made contact with former Spain and Barcelona manager Luis Enrique as pressure continues to mount on Unai Emery, according to reports.
The Gunners dropped to sixth in the Premier League with a 2-0 loss at Leicester City on Saturday, which has left the North London club eight points outside the top four.
The defeat at the King Power Stadium was the latest in a string of poor results for Emery’s side, who have failed to win their last five games in all competitions.
Those disappointing displays have increased scrutiny on the Arsenal boss, with many of the club’s fans calling on the Spaniard to be sacked.
And reports in Spain have suggested that the club are already making plans to find a replacement.
According to El Confidencial (via The Mail ), the Gunners’ head of football Raul Sanllehi is already looking for potential candidates and has been in touch with Enrique over the position.
Enrique has been out of work since leaving the Spain in June for personal reasons just before his nine-year-old daughter Xana passed away from bone cancer.
His three years at Barcelona saw him lead the Catalan club to back-to-back La Liga titles and lift the Champions League trophy in the 2014-15 season.
Following Saturday’s defeat to Leicester, which saw strikes from James Maddison and Jamie Vardy lift Brendan Rodgers’ side to second in the Premier League, Emery denied suggestions his job is under threat.
Instead, the Spaniard used his post-match press conference to call for patience from fans.
“For me, as a coach, it’s about continuing stronger and improving with our players,” he said.
“I am speaking with the club to stay calm and to stay patient to improve and recover some confidence with some circumstances.
“We are receiving criticism but I know that’s my job. I’ve had lots of moments like that but I’ve recovered by working to get confidence, being together with the club and players.
“I accept all (of the criticism). I accept the applause and I accept it when they criticise us. I know when we win, they are going to be happy and when we lose, they are going to be sad. It’s normal.
“We need to stay calm and also keep improving things. Today we got one step ahead by being together and being strong defensively. But we lost because we were playing a very strong team in a good moment.”