By Emma Sanders

Real Madrid shortlisted Arsene Wenger as a potential managerial candidate for the club last season in case Zinedine Zidane struggled, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim Wenger was considered for the role earlier this year by president Florentino Perez and that Real Madrid have tried to lure the Arsenal manager on two previous occasions.

It is said the Spanish giants reignited their interest in the Frenchman earlier this year as they considered their options.

Rafa Benitez was sacked in January 2016 but the club decided to employ former playing great Zidane even though the Frenchman had little top-level managerial experience.

Club president Perez was believed to have drawn up a potential candidates list in case Zidane’s time in charge failed and Wenger was on that list.

The report also reveals that Wenger was aware of the interest but his loyalty to the Gunners has remained and he was unwilling to break his contract agreement.

Wenger has spent 20 years with Arsenal but his position will come under the spotlight this season as his current deal expires next summer.

However, they have started in emphatic form so far this season and currently sit at the top of the League table, level on points with Manchester City and Liverpool.

In other Arsenal news, fans discussed on Twitter who should start up front against Tottenham.