Arsenal are reportedly keen to hire Rafael Benitez if Mikel Arteta is sacked. The Gunners are struggling in the lower half of the Premier League table which has seen pressure mount on the manager.
With a number of high profile bosses currently out of work, now may be the perfect time for Arsenal to swing the axe.
Paris Saint-Germain fired Thomas Tuchel on Christmas Eve and Massimiliano Allegri is a free agent after he walked away from Juventus last year.
However, the Sunday Mirror claims the Arsenal hierarchy are keen to bring Benitez back to the Premier League.
The 60-year-old is currently in charge of Chinese Super League side Dalian Pro but he is fed up with being stuck in a relegation dogfight.
Benitez won the Champions League during his six years spent as Liverpool boss, before going on to manage Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli and Real Madrid.
Newcastle hired the Spaniard in 2016 but his relationship with owner Mike Ashley became fractured and he left three years later.
There was talk that Benitez could return to St James Park during the £300million Saudi-backed take-over, which ultimately fell through.
Benitez has a lot of admirers in the Arsenal hierarchy, according to the Sunday Mirror, and is the first choice candidate to replace Arteta.
The Dalian Pro manager last year admitted he still dreams of returning to the Premier League.
“I follow all of the teams because you need to know the players and you need to know the league,” Benitez told Radio 5 Live.
“In the future, so I am here, I am happy, and they are happy so hopefully we can do things well. But in the future I will come back to England, my family is there.
“I am happy, it is not like I would like to go back right now. But in the future, yes. At the moment I am working hard here.”
He added: “Obviously my idea in the future will be the Premier League.
“Then I want to stay close to my family. It is a league I like a lot.
“My memories. Why I decided to stay in Newcastle after relegation is because we beat Tottenham 5-1 in the last game with 10 players and the atmosphere was amazing.
“You could hear the fans, the staff, the players and the togetherness between everyone. That is what I was looking for.
“If in the future, people were talking about our first game here when we had 30,000 people. After two or three games we then had 55,000 people so I like to see the fans enjoying the game, the passion and the commitment of the players.
“This is what I had at Newcastle and hopefully in the future when I go back to the Premier League.”