Arsenal chiefs have a manager in mind should they need to wield the axe on Mikel Arteta, according to sensational reports from Italy.
Arteta is not currently in any danger of being replaced, despite the Gunners' poor form and the fact that he himself recently admitted he will be sacked at some point in the future.
But Italian publication StadioSport has claimed Arsenal have a plan in place, and a man in mind, should results spiral.
The man in question is former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, who, it is alleged, is a contender to replace Arteta should results fail to improve.
Arteta made a good start at Arsenal after taking the reins from Unai Emery.
He has shored up the Gunners' defence and strengthened the side in the summer adding Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes.
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But in recent months Arsenal have suffered a dip in form, and have dropped points against the likes of Aston Villa and Leeds.
Last time out Arsenal were beaten by Wolves, and Arteta later admitted he is under no illusion that if he doesn't turn things around he will be sacked.
Arteta said: "It's something that the day I decided to be a coach I know that one day I will be sacked or leave the football club.
"I don't know if it's the day after I sign my contract, in a month's time, a year's time, or six months' time. I never worry about it.
"My only concern is to get the best out of the players, give the best possible service to the club and become better and better.
"I know, I repeat, in this profession, one day I will get the sack or leave but I don't know when that is going to happen."
As aforementioned, Arteta does have the support of the club's board, who are against chopping and changing managers with regularity.
And the idea that the club will swap the Spaniard with Sarri is a wild one.
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