Arsenal have made contact with Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal with uncertainty continuing to surround the future of Arsene Wenger, reports suggest.
This is according to Goal, who understand that the Gunners have contacted the experienced Dutchman as they eye several short-term contingency plans in the event that Wenger - whose current contract expires at the end of the season - ends his 18-year reign at the club.
62-year-old Van Gaal is due to step down from his current role following this summer's World Cup in Brazil and has recently been linked heavily with Manchester United after David Moyes' miserable time in charge at Old Trafford was brought to a premature end on Tuesday.
Tottenham have also been mentioned with regard to a potential move for Van Gaal, with the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager seemingly now in extremely high demand.
Just whether Arsenal will have the need to employ a new manager this summer remains to be seen.
Following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, Wenger is comfortably the longest-serving boss in the Premier League and has become synonymous with the Gunners during the last two decades.
However, while his longevity and commitment is certainly not in doubt, there has been a growing unease at the Emirates Stadium in recent years with Arsenal's trophy drought now standing at nine-long years.
His reluctance to dip into the transfer market to sufficiently strengthen an ailing Arsenal squad has brought fierce criticism from some supporters and reports earlier this week had suggested that Wenger is finally prepared to walk away from his current role if his side do not beat Hull in this season's FA Cup final and secure a place in the top four.
Van Gaal has a wealth of experience at the elite level, but his age would suggest that he is perhaps not a good long-term option for any potential suitor.
Indeed if Van Gaal was faced with offers from both Manchester United and Arsenal, it would be interesting to see which club he viewed as the better option.