Roberto Firmino lined up to replace Santi Cazorla at Arsenal

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Following news that Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla could be on the move to Atletico Madrid, Arsene Wenger may well dip into his transfer budget to replace his influential Spaniard.

Targets such as Isco and Arda Turan have been linked with a summer switch to the Emirates, but it appears the hottest, and most realistic rumour flying around is that of Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino, according to the Daily Mirror.

Firmino is one of the stand-out players in the Bundesliga. His form this season has fired his side to 7th in the German top division. Just three points off the Champions League places, the South American schemer's eight goals and nine assists in 24 games has been vital for Hoffenheim's European push.

Why would he move?

Hoffenheim will be keen to hold onto their star player, but should the German side fail to qualify for the Champions League, Firmino may set his sights higher than what his current club can offer him.

Technically he's a very gifted player. He loves to take people on, showboat, and most importantly for the Gunners, score goals. Firmino is naturally an attacking midfielder, however he has often been pushed into a false 9 position, and occasionally joins Anthony Modeste in the Hoffenheim attack.

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Having a diverse player, with the technical ability that Firmino possesses sounds like an ideal player for Arsene Wenger. Although many fans want to see Spanish magician Cazorla stay in north London, this could be the last chance Arsenal have to cash in on the 30-year-old.

Cazorla, currently valued at around £20 million, is in a similar price range to Firmino, who is seven years younger than the Gunners fans' favourite, and still has his best years to come.

What do we think Arsenal fans? I'd hate to see Cazorla leave, but with one, maybe two years left in him, could now be the chance to invest is some new blood?

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