Arsenal's plans to replace Arsene Wenger with Diego Simeone have been dealt a blow following reports that Manchester City are eyeing a move for the Atletico Madrid manager. Citizens chiefs are already understood to be on the lookout for a successor to Manuel Pellegrini if the Chilean coach fails to retain the Premier League title. After a disappointing 1-1 draw with Hull on Saturday, City are now seven points behind leaders Chelsea at the top of the table. The Gunners, meanwhile, are lying in sixth place and at risk of missing out on qualification for the Champions League - a failure that could speed up the north London club's pursuit of the Argentine tactician. Simeone's stock is high after Atletico stunned rivals Real Madrid 4-0 in La Liga on Saturday, and there's no guarantee he would be willing to ditch the Spanish champions for a move to England, which could force Arsenal and Manchester City to consider alternative options.