Sky Sports News understands there has been contact between Arsenal and Max Allegri over the vacant manager’s job.
Allegri left Juventus last summer after a spectacular period of success which saw him collect five Serie A titles and four Coppa Italias – as well as reaching two Champions League finals.
However, he is reportedly on a sabbatical and will not accept another managerial role this season.
Sky Sports News also understands that some senior figures at Arsenal wanted Jose Mourinho to replace Emery before he succeeded Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham.
Another manager being strongly linked with the Emirates hot seat is Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian is currently in his second season in charge of Napoli, but is under contract until the end of the season.
However, like Arsenal, Napoli are without a win in the last seven games.