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12th Oct, 2016 | 1:19pm

Arsenal face battle to hang on to Cazorla after slow talks - report

By Dominic Toner

Juventus are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla, according to a report.

Italian football news outlet Calico Mercato has claimed that the Italian giants are keen on signing the Gunners playmaker when his contract expires in 2017.

The report details that Juventus are hopeful of capitalising in slow talks between Cazorla and Arsenal, with a new offer yet to be agreed for the Spaniard.

Cazorla, 31, is a crucial part of the Arsenal side and has played in all seven of the Premier League matches this season.

The central midfielder also starred in the club’s two Champions League matches and is a favourite under manager Arsene Wenger.

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He moved to the Emirates in 2012 from Malaga and has been an important figure in the Arsenal midfield.

Cazorla has racked up 178 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 28 goals and supplying 44 assists in the process.

He has also featured 78 times for Spain and won the European Championships twice, but missed out on the 2010 World Cup with a back injury.

Arsenal are blessed with several talented midfielders, but Cazorla has remained a constant presence despite the options.

Juventus likewise have a very strong side and are expected to retain their Serie A title, which could tempt Cazorla to enjoy his first taste of Italian football.

In other Arsenal transfer news, their star player is on a five-man shortlist of European giants.