Arsenal have been linked with an approach for Brendan Rodgers - after rejecting the chance to interview him over the job back in 2018.

According to The Athletic , Rodgers was considered by the Gunners before they appointed Unai Emery.

But they decided against interviewing the Northern Irishman due to concerns over his personality and stature as they looked to replace Arsene Wenger.

Rodgers later ditched Celtic for Leicester where he has continued to rebuild his reputation, leading to him being one of the candidates touted for the Emirates after Emery's sacking last week.

It is claimed Arsenal have made "tentative enquiries" regarding Rodgers, but been met with a clear message that he will not be leaving in the middle of the season.

Arsenal reportedly decided against interviewing Brendan Rodgers in 2018

Rodgers fuelled speculation after Leicester came from behind to beat Everton over the weekend.

He confirmed a release clause exists in his contract, which could allow the Gunners to make their move if he decides now is the right time to lead one of the 'Big Six' again.

"There probably is [a clause] in most manager's contracts. It is all hypothetical," Rodgers told Sky Sports.

"My focus is very much with Leicester. I made a change nine months ago and I have been very happy since I came here. We still have a lot of work to do.

"Most manager's contracts will have something in but my focus is here."

Rodgers has guided Leicester to second in the Premier League table

Despite his reported desire to test himself at one of the Premier League's biggest clubs again after previously managing Liverpool , Rodgers has been warned he would be foolish to quit high-flying Leicester for the struggling Gunners.

Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports: "I think the position he is in, there is no doubt you want to get right to the top," he said.

"Leicester are second now but they aren't one of the top clubs in the league.

"I don't think it is right if he is even thinking about moving to Arsenal right now.

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"He got a lot of stick when he left Celtic before the end of last season, which was a tough decision for him.

"If he moved now, he would get that tag of jumping ship very quickly. He has got to look at the next 18 months and think he is going to do something with Leicester.

"He will at one stage want to go to one of those big clubs."