Arsenal can count themselves lucky one January deal fell through

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Arsenal reportedly came close to signing Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic last month but he now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

It has been a tough couple of months for Montenegro international Mirko Vucinic who has gone from transfer limbo to injury agony.

Having been a peripheral figure for Juventus of late, Vucinic looked set to find a new club in January.

The former Roma man was on the brink of signing for Inter as part of a deal to bring talented midfielder Fredy Guarin to Juventus, but the part-exchange arrangement fell through at the last minute.

With Vucinic having already said goodbye to his teammates and fans, the player's agent tried to find another suitor for his client.

Tottenham were initially linked with the 30-year-old but North London rivals Arsenal jumped ahead in the race to sign him and reportedly all but agreed a deal.

However, just before the window closed, Vucinic seemed to reject a move to the Emirates Stadium and remained in Turin.

Arsenal may now be glad that the move didn't happen as Vucinic has suffered a potentially serious knee injury in training.

Scans have ruled out ligament damage but there is bruising to the tibia and the meniscus in the knee.

Juventus have indicated that Vucinic's recovery will take several weeks and he could be out of action for months.

It's a blow for Antonio Conte who was hoping to use Vucinic in the Europa League, but it could be seen as a let-off for Arsenal.

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