Arsenal are reportedly planning a surprise approach for Luis Enrique in the summer with Arsene Wenger's future at the Emirates pretty much on the line. The Gunners succumbed to a 1-0 loss to arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, and they now face the potential prospect of missing out on the Champions League for the second season on the trot.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the Gunners could be looking into a possible deal for Luis Enrique in the summer with Wenger's position likely to be assessed. The Frenchman penned a fresh two-year contract with the Gunners after their FA Cup triumph last season, but things have since gone pear-shaped with the club facing a tougher battle than the previous year for the Champions League places.
The north London club are presently six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League standings, and most of their struggles have come from their away run of just 13 points in 14 matches, which is often related to clubs in the bottom-half of the standings.
Nonetheless, things often pan differently with the Gunners with the club's hierarchy in full support of Wenger in the tough periods over the years. The Frenchman salvaged the previous campaign with FA Cup success, and they could add further silverware to their cabinet with a League Cup final versus Manchester City this month.
The Gunners also have a Europa League campaign to look for after easing through the group stages, but they do not face an easy route to the finals with the likes of Atletico Madrid, Napoli, RB Leipzig, and Borussia Dortmund having dropped to the competition after finishing third in their respective Champions League groups.
Arsenal have not finished below fifth during Arsene Wenger's reign at the Emirates Stadium, but they may have to potentially sacrifice on maintaining this feat in order to lift the Europa League crown, which remains their best chance of making it to next season's Champions League.