Wolverhampton Wanderers' manager, Nuno Espirito Santo, is the “leading contender” to replace Unai Emery as Arsenal manager, the Daily Mail reports.

Emery is under severe pressure after a miserable start to the season, with the team eight points off fourth-placed Chelsea.

Santo’s Wolves, meanwhile, are fifth and recovered from a poor start to the season, as they adapted to life in the Europa League.

Arsenal’s head of football, Raul Sanllehi, has a long-standing relationship with Nuno’s agent Jorge Mendes and the club’s hierarchy has been impressed by his work.

The 45-year-old is believed to be ahead of Mauricio Pochettino, Max Allegri and Mikel Arteta in the race to replace Emery.