Unai Emery is fighting to save his job amid emerging concerns from within the Arsenal squad over his methods.
Sportsmail understands that a number of players have serious reservations about Emery, who many believe is too conservative in his approach to games.
While the Spaniard’s job is not under immediate threat, he faces a pivotal month in trying to convince players and the club’s hierarchy he is the man to lead the club forward.
Arsenal have won just two of their last nine Premier League games and more negative results against Leicester, Southampton, Norwich and Brighton – matches the Gunners are expected to pick up significant points – would leave Emery under a more serious threat.
The north London club are keen to stick to their traditions of standing by managers, but there are worries from within that a run of more poor results will force them into making a decision.
Emery’s job will be in jeopardy if he doesn’t qualify for next season’s Champions League, but the challenge could be taken out of his hands before then.
The fans are turning on the manager; they were booed off following Saturday’s draw at home to Wolves – a circumstance the board are very aware of.
Luring an appropriate replacement mid-season will also be a factor in deciding Emery’s future.
Arsenal denied reports suggesting their Head of Football Raul Sanllehi has met with Jose Mourinho on Sunday.
Max Allegri and Mikel Arteta, who were both in the running to replace Arsene Wenger before Emery was appointed, could also be options.