ARSENAL are preparing for the visit of Southampton this weekend when Premier League football returns.
And boss Unai Emery and his struggling Gunners have not picked up a win in their last five matches in all competitions.
With the Spaniard almost on the brink of getting the boot, his fellow countryman Luis Enrique has been linked with taking over.
But the former Barcelona boss could now be heading back to manage the national squad in what will be an emotional return.
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ARSENAL will scout Hungary midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai tonight with an eye to making him Granit Xhaka's replacement, according to reports.
Football Insider claim the Gunners see 19-year-old Red Bull Salzburg star Szoboszlai as a real talent ready to slot into the side.
And they say the North London club will have their top talent spotters in Cardiff tonight to watch him in his country's do-or-die Euro 2020 qualifier against Ryan Giggs' Wales side.
Arsenal have been linked with the playmaker before.
Their initial approach, though, was centred on bringing Szoboszlai in during the summer of 2020 after he had gained another year of experience in Austria.
With Xhaka's departure seemingly imminent, however, a transfer could happen in the January window.
Szoboszlai is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after stars in Europe, with Juventus and Inter Milan also circling.
SANTI CAZORLA appears to have picked up a new good luck charm – grabbing the thighs of his Spain pals during the pre-match picture.
The Villarreal playmaker, 34, is clearly thrilled to back on international duty having recovered from what appeared to be a career-ending Achilles injury.
In both matches of the most-recent break with Spain, Cazorla can be seen posing for the traditional team snap while grabbing the two nearest players' legs.
When lining up ahead of the game with Malta, Cazorla clutched the legs of Jesus Navas and Juan Bernat.
The midfielder then went on to score what was his first international goal in four years, before he was given a standing ovation.
And against Romania it was Dani Carvajal and Jose Luis Gaya was were on the receiving end of Cazorla's touch.
MANCHESTER UNITED and Arsenal are reportedly monitoring the young South American talent on show at the Tenerife Tournament in Gran Canaria.
The competition is being used by under-23 sides from countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile and the USA as a warm-up for the 2020 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament.
And according to Portuguese newspaper Record, the Red Devils and Gunners have both sent their scouts out to keep an eye on one or two potential signings.
Brazilian youngster Reinier is someone Arsenal are reportedly keen to strike a deal with.
It has been rumoured that Unai Emery's side have already met with the attacking midfielder's father in a bid to try and steal him away from Flamengo.
One of The Gunners' recent acquisitions, Gabriel Martinelli, was also in action at the tournament.
LUCAS TORREIRA'S days as an Arsenal player look numbered after his agent admitted he is not happy under manager Unai Emery.
Agent Pablo Bentancur told Calciomercato: “I must say that the change of role has penalised him sharply. He is no longer at ease and we hope that things can change.”
He added: “We have no problem with Arsenal but only words of thanks. Arsenal has allowed Lucas to compete in the Premier League, he has always shown great confidence.
“Clearly the interest for Torreira are all right, especially by Spanish clubs, but I have never sat down with any club to talk about his transfer.
“This is because of the great respect we have for the Gunners and general manager Raul Sanllehi.
“I don't want to name the teams out of respect, but I can tell you that Atletico tried to take Lucas from Sampdoria two years ago. There was an interest [from AC Milan] as well as other clubs.
“But we got together with the Gunners' general manager, Raul Sanllehi, and he immediately told us that for Arsenal, Torreira was not for sale – an adamant position. I also have to say that Milan did not present a real concrete offer.”
- Jake Lambourne