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Arsenal identify Malaga midfielder as Santi Cazorla’s replacement

| 03.05.2017

Whether or not there’s an overhaul in the Arsenal dugout this summer remains to be seen – but one thing which does look likely is a revamped squad. And that overhaul could begin with Malaga midfielder Pablo Fornals.

The youngster has reportedly been earmarked as the long-term replacement for Santi Cazorla, who at 32 years old could struggle to rediscover his best form following a horrific six months (and counting) out with injury.

And it isn’t hard to see why the 21-year-old has found himself on the Gunners’ radar.

He’s netted six times and provided three assists this season, and there’s no doubt he has the hallmarks of a big game player.

The Castellon de la Plana native provided the assist for Malaga’s winning goal against Barcelona last month, as well as netting in the 4-2 victory over Sevilla last weekend.

With a good range of long-distance passing and boundless energy, there’s little doubt he’d be a valuable acquisition for the Gunners – if the deal goes through.

Fornals could also be available at something of a snip, with Transfermarkt.co.uk estimating the player’s market value at £4.25m. And there’s little doubt he’d find a move to a club of Arsenal’s size too tough to turn down.

For the current Gunners squad, the focus is on trying to make some ground on fifth-placed Manchester United, who visit the Emirates this weekend.

There’s 10/11 on offer for Wenger’s men to enjoy victory, while there’s 16/1 about Arsenal repeating last season’s 3-0 rout of the Red Devils here.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.