Arsenal’s little Spanish maestro Santi Cazorla is extremely important to the Gunner’s midfield creativity, but age and injuries looks certain to be bringing his career at the Emirates to a close in the next 18 months, and it is not even certain that he will actually be able to play much in that time.
So it is certain that Arsene Wenger will be looking at finding a like-for-like replacement in the very near future. Some people think (or hope) that Jack Wilshere will stay fit and become the driving force of the midfield once again, but although he may have the drive and willpower I am not sure that he possesses the same level of skill as Santi. So there must be better players out there that can do the job….
The latest rumours are that Wenger has set his sights on the Bosnian playmaker Miralem Pjanic, who is now plying his trade at Juventus, and according to reports Wenger has supposed spoken to the 26 year old personally. There is no doubt that he is very talented and has been top of the assist charts in Serie A for the last two season’s, but those figures came while he was at Roma before he moved to Juve last summer, which is exactly why I doubt very much that Arsenal will be buying him any time soon.
The report says that Arsenal are preparing a £28m offer for Pjanic, which is just about exactly the same as Juventus paid for him just six months ago! The Bosnian has played regularly for the Italian giants since his arrival so there is no obvious reason why he should want to leave, and as he has scored six goals as well as his assists, there is no reason why Juve would want to let him go so soon after his arrival.
My verdict? Rubbish rumour!