Arsenal looking to €12m Barcelona man to be Mikel Arteta’s long-term replacement

Arsenal have had a lot of success in recent years in taking Barcelona’s youngsters and turning them into the quality players they may not have been at the Nou Camp. Now, it appears that Arsene Wenger is ready to give another the chance that Hector Bellerin and Cesc Fabregas have enjoyed in recent years.

According to Spanish sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo, the Gunners want holding midfielder Sergi Samper, and are willing to trigger the €12m release clause to get him.

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The figure seems a relatively large amount for someone who has very little experience of playing for the full side, although he is regular in the second team that spent the last campaign in the second division of Spanish football. His only start for Luis Enrique’s team came in the Champions League in September last year.

Despite his limited opportunities, Mundo Deportivo are suggesting that the Spaniard could be the long-term successor to Mikel Arteta. The club captain has endured a difficult couple of years at the Emirates, and only played a handful of games last season.

Should the former Everton man’s injury problems persist, Samper may be required to step up a lot earlier than expected.

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