Arsenal are already planning for life without Arsene Wenger, although that doesn't mean the Gunners will give a growing group of disgruntled fans their wish and remove the Frenchman from his post anytime soon.
Wenger only signed a new three-year contract at the Emirates in May, finally putting an end to speculation over his future after leading Arsenal to FA Cup success last season.
There's no question that Arsenal have failed to build on the momentum of that long-awaited trophy success, a position which has left Gunners fans divided over Wenger's position and Arsenal chiefs scouring far and wide for the man who will eventually take over from the most successful manager in the club's history.
Klopp, Low and Guardiola all contenders
Arsenal are conscious that the transition from Wenger to a new coach with fresh ideas is fraught with danger, which means the list of contenders for the coveted post contains some names you may not expect.
Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are all being monitored closely, but so is former Mainz mainstay Thomas Tuschel and emerging coaching talent in the Austrian Bundesliga of all places.
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Man United's struggles have forced Arsenal's hand
The Daily Mail report that Manchester United's difficulties since Sir Alex Ferguson retired have forced them to prioritise seeking out Wenger's successor now, with a Gunners heirachy that trusts the Frenchman implicitly despite recent on-field struggles forced to admit his near two-decade tenure is drawing to a close.
Frank de Boer and Roberto Martinez are also mentioned as men in the mix for a job that would almost certainly come with more time and understanding than David Moyes got at Old Trafford, with Arsenal giving themselves plenty of time to sift through potential applicants before the post even technically becomes available.
Bayern transition well worth replicating
Perhaps Arsenal are looking to follow Bayern Munich's lead. The Bundesliga giants quite controversially decided to almost force Jupp Heynckes with Pep Guardiola slap bang in the middle of the most successful season in the club's history, but it was a change Bayern chiefs felt was necessary to keep the European powerhouse moving forward.
Arsenal need to be every bit as decisive to stay eating at Europe's top table when Wenger's tremendous work does finally draw to a close, a prospect which Gunners fans are now staring at full in the face.