Arsenal are interested in making Rudi Garcia their next manager when Arsene Wenger does eventually call time on his tenure at the Emirates, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
Wenger's current contract with Arsenal expires at the end of this season, although the Gunners chief is still widely expected to pen a new deal regardless of whether their campaign ends with success in the FA Cup final on May 17th.
Despite having the unequivocal backing of the Arsenal board Wenger has for some reason still not signed an offer of fresh terms made at least two months ago, leaving enough room for doubt that stories surrounding his eventual successor will continue to surface.
Gazzetta believe that Roma coach Garcia is top that wishlist thanks to a fine campaign in charge of Roma, turning the Giallorossi into Juventus's strongest Serie A rivals and certainties for next season's Champions League all in the space of nine months.
Garcia arrived in the Eternal City last summer with a strong reputation already intact, thanks to winning a league and cup double in his native France with Lille in 2011.
Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain are also mentioned as Garcia's next destination by Gazetta, if he continues to impress with Roma, but the Serie A giants are thought to be very confident their coach will commit his future to the club by signing a new next month.
Roma want Garcia to sign a €2.5m extension before they leave for an end-of-season tour of Orlando in the last week of May, with Arsenal and PSG keeping a close watch on the situation as they both consider fresh options for the long term.