According to Thursday’s edition of L’Equipe, Arsenal have settled on Luis Enrique as their favourite to replace Arsene Wenger and talks with the Spaniard are advancing well.
The reliable French publication claims that Raul Sanllehi, Director of Football Relations at Arsenal, has been in discussions with Enrique for the past few days and that they are ‘well-advanced’.
They believe, however, that no announcement will come before the end of the season out of respect for Arsene Wenger.
Carlo Ancelotti, Patrick Vieira and Leonardo Jardim are all being kept on the backburner in case something goes wrong with landing Enrique.
For his part, Luis Enrique is said to be very interested in the job while appreciating the ‘philosophy’ at Arsenal.
L’Equipe also claim that Sanllehi and Enrique were recently spotted in a London restaurant.
While it is possible they were reminiscing about old times back at Barcelona, it is more likely they were discussing the Arsenal job.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of the Ateltico Madrid first leg clash, Arsene Wenger was quizzed about Enrique. “I don’t want to influence the next manager, but of course I have a high opinion of Luis Enrique,” Wenger answered.