Wolverhampton Wanderers will fight to Arsenal to keep hold of Portuguese manager

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Wolverhampton Wanderers will struggle to keep hold of Nuno Espirito Santo after Arsenal reportedly made communication with their manager.

Arsenal are on the hunt for a new head coach after sacking Unai Emery from his position following a dismal start to the season.

Unai Emery leaves the club in his second season as Arsenal manager and having been picked as the successor to Arsene Wenger.

Nuno Espirito Santo has worked superbly and diligently at Wolves since taking charge in 2017, guiding them to promotion in 2018 before securing Premier League survival last campaign.

The Daily Mail claims that Wolves are growing increasingly concerned Nuno will be poached by a rival club and will fight ‘tooth and nail’ to keep him.

Arsenal reportedly began discussions with Nuno Espirito Santo about taking charge at Arsenal on Friday, with club chief Raul Sanllehi enjoying a close relationship with Jorge Mendes, a close ally of Nuno’s.

Wolves understand it will be hard to keep hold of Nuno considering he is out of contract in the summer of 2020.

There is an expectation that Nuno will listen to suggestions from big clubs wishing to hire him, including Arsenal.

While Arsenal will continue to be linked with Nuno, Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio has already pleaded with his boss to stay.

‘For the club to develop and become greater, it’s not just about the coach but also good staff behind the scenes. We have to work hard as a team and staff.

‘Stability is important at any club. Nuno is an outstanding coach and he’s also a leader.

‘It’s very important to keep Nuno at the club, not only for the players but for the club as well.

‘We have ambitions in this competition.’