Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has talked up the possibility of Santi Cazorla leaving Arsenal at the end of the season after suggesting that the midfielder needs to be convinced that the Gunners can win the Premier League title next term.
The 30-year-old has just over 12 months remaining on his current contract at the Emirates Stadium, and Arsene Wenger could have a fight on his hands to keep the player in north London.
However, the Sky Sports pundit says the addition of another two or three top players in the forthcoming transfer window will give Arsenal a genuine chance of challenging for the domestic crown after significantly improving their form in 2015, and with it increase the chances of Cazorla committing his future.
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"I believe Santi has got a year remaining on his current contract," said Balague. "It's down to Arsenal to convince him they can win the league because they really have improved this season.
"If they sign another two or three top players then you're talking about a team who can challenge for the title next season.
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"It's a matter of whether Arsenal can convince him that this is the case because he can always go back to Spain."
Cazorla is regarded as one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe but his personal trophy collection does not reflect his ability, having won just one solitary FA Cup since joining the club from Malaga in 2012.
He has plenty of suitors back in La Liga and might consider a move back there, but Arsenal fans will be hoping he's still playing in England next year.
"He would be welcomed with open arms at any time by Atletico Madrid," warned Balague. "But it's Arsenal's job to convince him that they can challenge for the title."
Schneiderlin interest cooled
Arsene Wenger has started to cool his interest in signing Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin this summer because of the recent emergence of Arsenal youngster Francis Coquelin.
The talented young Frenchman has established himself as a key cog in the heart of the Gunners' engine room after enjoying a rapid rise to prominence at the Emirates in 2015, and that could have negative repercussions for the want-away Saints star.
Klopp top of managerial shortlist
Arsenal are lining up a move for soon to be available Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, according to German football news publication Kicker Magazine.
The German head coach is a 'prime candidate' to replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates, with the veteran Gunners coach set to be moved upstairs into another less prominent role with the north London club.
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