Arsenal are on a quest to replace Santi Cazorla according to recent reports and Pablo Fornals is back on their radar.
Fornals, who currently plays for Spanish outfit Malaga, is said to be one of potential replacements that the club are considering
The Spanish media have previously linked Arsenal with the 21-year-old midfielder who made 31 appearances this season.
Fornals has been thoroughly scouted by Arsene Wenger and the Frenchman is believed to have a great interest in the young talent as numerous reports from England and Spain suggest a transfer of Spaniard to the Emirates could happen.
The 21-year-old is a natural central midfielder and also is able to play as a defensive or attacking midfielder while balancing all aspects of each position.
In 31 games this season, he’s scored on six occasions and made two assists.
The Gunners are hoping they can find a permanent replacement for the ageing and injury-plagued Santi Cazorla who missed most of the season and is not expected back in training until October.
Fornals has a contract with Malaga until 2019 and a release clause of around €11 million in his contract.
What would he bring to Arsenal?
His defensive work is his main strength, but he is more than capable going forward where he can send in quality high balls either to the flanks for overlapping wingers or into the penalty area.
Due to his rather weak physique, he’s not the ideal player to hold up the ball, and he often plays quick passes so the defender doesn’t have the time to take him on.
At just 21 years of age, there is still plenty of time for him to develop.