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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has identified Everton playmaker Mikel Arteta as the player to replace Cesc Fabregas should the Gunners midfielder leave the Emirates, talkSPORT reports.

Fabregas was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona over the summer in a long-running saga, though in the end he stayed in north London.

Arteta signed a new five-year contract at Goodison Park last month, but Wenger is apparently confident that he can persuade the Basque to move south in the summer, should Barcelona return for Fabregas.

Reports in Spain have suggested that Barca coach Pep Guardiola will make a renewed effort to sign Fabregas at the end of this season.

Everton boss David Moyes is believed to be optimistic that he can hang onto Arteta, though a big money bid may tempt his resolve.

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