Arsenal are preparing to bring in a new manager despite the club’s “official” stance that Unai Emery is not under any immediate danger.
Journalist Duncan Castles claims the Gunners currently have no plans to sack Emery, but are laying the foundations to call time on his stint in north London.
Arsenal are on a barron run having won just one of their last six matches.
It’s put Emery under serious pressure, particularly with Jose Mourinho being tipped to replace the Spaniard.
The club denied reports over the weekend that Mourinho had dined with Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi.
And according to Castles, Arsenal will hold fire on parting with Emery early.
“Arsenal’s official position as I was briefed this week is ‘we are not looking for a new coach’,” Castles told Reach PLC’s Transfer Window Podcast.
“That’s according to an Arsenal spokesperson but the word in football is very different.
“The very well-sourced information we have is that Arsenal are preparing the ground in case they have to change the manager during the season or at the end when his contract expires.
“The suggestions are that they do not intend to extend his contract regardless.”
Arsenal’s next game sees them take on Leicester City in their final match before the international break.