Arsenal have made contact with former Valencia head coach with the club’s head of football

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Arsenal have made contact with ex-Valencia head coach Marcelino with the club’s head of football, Raul Sanllehi, increasing his search for Unai Emery’s permanent successor.

The Gunners have now gone two months without a Premier League win ahead of Thursday’s game against Brighton and although Freddie Ljungberg is highly regarded by the club’s senior staff, the executive committee are minded to find an experienced and available target as soon as possible.

The likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers are among the leading contenders but are likely to be out of reach for differing reasons, leading Sanllehi to turn to another Spanish manager in the form of Marcelino.

Valencia controversially fired the 54-year-old in September, just four months after leading the team to a historic Copa del Rey final triumph over Barcelona, following the breakdown of his relationship with the club’s proprietor Peter Lim.

According to Goal, Arsenal have made a connection with Marcelino already and the Spaniard is keen on the idea of signing the north London club mid-season.

Everton, too, are said to have registered an interest given the mounting speculation surrounding the future of Marco Silva who is on the verge of being fired.

The Daily Mail, meanwhile, adds that Arsenal spoke to Marcelino in the summer of 2018, before settling on Unai Emery as the man to replace Arsene Wenger.