RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed Arsenal have made contact over the possibility of replacing Arsene Wenger at the Emirates. The Frenchman's contract with the Gunners will run down at the end of the season and he has not signed an extension so far.

Earlier this week, The Sun reported the north London club have approached the Bundesliga manager as the Gunners have started their search for Wenger's successor. The Austrian manager responded to reports linking him with a move to Arsenal by saying "it was a well-researched story."

"There was a lot of truth to it. I have heard of worse fates than succeeding the longest-serving manager in England. It's not damaging my reputation, is it?" Hasenhuttl was quoted as saying by ESPN.

"We don't have to put too much thought into it. I have found my luck here," he added.

The 49-year-old manager started his coaching career with SpVgg Unterhaching in 2007 and his rise has seen him land the job with the newly promoted Bundesliga side in July. Under his guidance, the Die Roten Bullen have 30 points from 12 games, level on points with leaders Bayern Munich who have played 13 games so far this season.

Leipzig have a chance to go on to the top of the table if they manage to beat Schalke at home on 3 December. They are unbeaten in the league so far and have a chance to extend the run to 13 consecutive games on Saturday.

Hasenhuttl has warned his side that their upcoming fixture will not be easy, while also suggesting that Bayern are still the favourites to win the title this season.

"Schalke are on a roll and they look extremely stable," Hasenhuttl said. "Everything will matter in this match. We have to bring everything to the pitch otherwise it will be extremely difficult to land three points," the Leipzig boss explained.

Asked if Leipzig are favourites to win the league, he said: "Bayern are the favourites to win the league."

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Ralph Hasenhuttl's team have a chance to clinch the top spot in the Bundesliga if they beat Schalke Getty