Painful as it is to say, Santi Cazorla seems increasingly unlikely to ever return to the pitch for Arsenal, so it’s important for the club to look for a replacement this summer.

Thanks to just how long Cazorla has been on the sidelines, the club have had a lot of time to look for a replacement. Although they haven’t signed any of their targets so far, we know at least some of the players they’re considering through reports in the media.

Here are 10 of them:

1Max Meyer

Max Meyer (Photo by Ronny Hartmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Meyer has often been linked with a move to Arsenal and regularly tipped to replace Santi Cazorla. Recently, according to Bild, the Schalke midfielder rejected the chance to sign a contract extension in Germany.

The 22-year-old has until the end of the season to change his mind but, with the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool reportedly banging on the door, the youngster could choose to move on.

The 22-year-old’s technical ability and style of play are remarkably similar to the little Spaniard‘s. The midfielder is talented and if Arsenal can get him on a free, they could have paid nothing for a real player for the future.

Meyer has been at Schalke since 2009 so I’m sure he won’t take any decision lightly.