Arsenal head of football, Raul Sanllehi dined with Jose Mourinho this week as the club consider pulling the trigger with a managerial change, according to The Times.
The Gunners have struggled to make progress under Unai Emery and growing concerns over fractures in his relationships with senior players have led to contingency plans being put in place.
According to the newspaper, Mourinho and Sanllehi had dinner together, with the former Manchester United boss said to have impressed with his plans for their squad.
It is claimed Emery has just one or two games remaining to save his job as club bosses seriously consider a move ahead of the November international break.
Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw at the Emirate by Wolves on Saturday, with pressure mounting on Emery.
Mourinho has been holding out for a return to the Premier League as he eyes his first job since being sacked at Old Trafford almost a year ago.
The former Real Madrid boss have also retained a home in north London.