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Arsenal to replace Cazorla with Juventus star Pjanic

EPL By: Collins Udeme | 03/01/2017

Arsenal begin plans for post-Cazorla era

Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger has reportedly called Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic to ask him if he wants to join Arsenal as the club begin the search for Santi Cazorla's replacement, according to The Sun.

The Bosnia international is reportedly open to the idea of moving to the Emirates, with both parties working towards a verbal agreement.

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Juventus are keen to keep hold of the 26-year-old, particularly after Axel Witsel snubbed a move to Turin in favour of a big-money move to China.

But the report say the Gunners could table a £28m deal for Pjanic in the summer if Santi Cazorla choose to leave the club.

Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere’s contract situation remains up in the air, with Wenger admitting after Sunday’s win over Crystal Palace that he had not yet discussed a new deal with the midfielder.

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“It was his birthday (on New Year’s Day). I sent him a message,” Wenger said. “The good news is Jack Wilshere will not play (on Tuesday) but is still good enough to give any team problems.”

Wilshere is unavailable for loan club Bournemouth when they play Arsenal on Tuesday night due to Premier League regulations.