Former Valencia and Villarreal boss, Marcelino Garcia Toral, has reportedly held talks with Arsenal about becoming the next coach.

The 54-years-old Spaniard has been in London for face to face talks with Arsenal before returning to Spain on Tuesday, according to sources to ESPN.

However, sources also said that Marcelino is not optimistic about getting the job as his fellow compatriot Unai Emery was sacked from the same club.

Arsenal continues to search for a new coach that will replace Unai Emery who was sacked on November 29. For now, his assistant Freddie Ljungberg is acting as boss pending when a new coach is contracted.

Ljungberg has already made his first mark as a capable coach on Monday’s premier league match where he led Arsenal to thrash West Ham 3-1. But it remains to be seen if management is considering him at all.

Marcelino is among Arsenal’s list of top contenders alongside Mikel Arteta, Massimiliano Allegri, Mauricio Pochettino¬†and Patrick Vieira.

Valencia sacked Marcelino on September after his fall out with owner Peter Lim over the club’s long-term strategy, team selection and transfer policy.

He had led the club to a top four finish in La Liga and Champions League in two seasons as well as helped them win Copa del Rey, their first trophy in over a decade.

But his side was eliminated by Arsenal under Emery in last season’s Europa League semifinals.

Sources reported that Marcelino has been monitoring Arsenal since Emery left and he as well as his coaching team would love to join the Premier league having just exclusively been in Spain.