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Tough & Versatile €2M Attacking Mid On The Cards, But No Sensation

After losing out in the race for Blackburn’s Phil Jones, it is crystal clear Arsene Wenger is going to have to dig deep and act fast to land targets such as Gary Cahill and Chris Samba as bidding war is certain to take off sooner rather than later amongst the premiership’s elite to snap up the defenders, as the Lancashire lad is no longer available for purchase.

Another name the Arsenal boss is thought to be chasing is that of the unfamiliar Odil Akhmedov, which I’m sure, the news will fail to get any pulse racing around North London.

The Uzbekistan captain play’s the attacking midfield role and his versatility has seen him drop back into the centre of defence.  He is a tough tackling character who takes charge in the middle of the park, and isn’t afraid to have a shot despite the distance. He sounds just like what they are lacking at the emirates.

The Pakhtakor Tashkent player has been on loan at Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala since February this year and is thought to be flattered by the approaches made from Arsenal, who aren’t alone as Bolton, Malaga, Monaco and a host of clubs in the middle east weigh up the 23 year old, after his display at the Asian cup caught the eye of many.

Alisher Usmanov, the Russian businessman who is the gunner’s main shareholder was born in Uzbekistan, (No relation to Mirabor Usmanov the president of Uzbekistan Football Federation) may have some influence in bringing his compatriot to the Premiership.

Has Wenger done it again and found a star in the making. Someone to help spearhead Arsenal in the direction they need to be heading… I doubt it.

Despite him having a taste for firing from range, during 86 appearances for the Uzbek side his has NEVER found the net. His international record is slightly better, 38 outings for his country has produced six goals.

I feel you are going to have to do better than this Arsene…

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