Arsenal news: Barcelona whizkid Jose Arnaiz targeted as Gunners look to poach prospect

ARSENAL are hoping to poach Barcelona whizkid Jose Arnaiz, according to reports.

The left winger, 22, joined Barca from Valladolid in a £3million deal over the summer.

And Marca claims the Gunners are hoping to take advantage of a lack of first-team opportunities to lure him to London.

Arnaiz scored a stunning goal as he made his Barcelona debut in a 3-0 Copa del Rey win over Murcia in October.

But that remains his sole taste of senior football – although he has fired in six strikes in 18 Barca B games.

Offering an easier path into top-flight action allowed Arsene Wenger to tempt Cesc Fabregas to England as a kid.

And the Frenchman could try again in January – especially if he loses Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain target Alexis Sanchez.

The Chilean winger's agent reportedly held talks with PSG over a summer switch this week.

But Pep Guardiola may decide to steal a march on the French outfit and launch a bid in January.

Wenger is believed to be prepared to risk losing Sanchez and Mesut Ozil for nothing when their deals expire in June.

But Emirates chiefs would be forced to consider reasonable offers as they look to recoup some of their investment.

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