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Mladen Micanovic on trial at Arsenal ahead of prospective transfer

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Arsenal have given a trial to FK Javor Ivanjica midfielder Mladen Micanovic with a view to signing the Serbian starlet in a £100,000 deal this summer.

The London Metro reports how the 17-year-old is expected to train with the first-team in pre-season as the north London club determine whether the player has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is keen to take a closer look at the versatile star, who is equally capable of playing in defence - at centre-back or right-back - as his preferred central midfield position.

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The Serbia U19 international is regarded as a star of the future in his homeland, and has also attracted admiring glances in Italy from Serie 'A' giants Inter Milan.

Wenger has invited Micanovic to north London for a trial in an attempt to beat rival suitors to the player's signature should he be deemed good enough for Arsenal.

Strength in numbers

The typically frugal Frenchman has been uncharacteristically busy during this summer's transfer market, already completing the high-profile signing of Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, and replacing Bacary Sagna with the £10 million capture of Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United.

Arsenal are also expected to recruit at least one defensive midfielder, as well as a replacement for club captain Thomas Vermaelen should he end up leaving the Emirates Stadium in the final year of his contract.

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One for the future

Micanovic's arrival would unlikely result in him heading straight into the first-team, but under the tutelage of Wenger he would be given the perfect environment to continue his development and fulfil his potential in the future.

The 64-year-old's track record of nurturing promising young talent could well convince the teenager to snub advances from the San Siro in favour of a permanent switch to England providing he impresses during his trial.

Thomas Eisfeld replacement?

Micanovic could come in as a replacement for German midfielder Thomas Eisfeld, who today completed a move to Championship side Fulham for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old joined Arsenal's academy from Borussia Dortmund in January 2012, but after failing to make a significant first-team breakthrough will now attempt to forge a career in west London in the second tier.

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