Anzhi Makhachkala’s Uzbekistani midfielder Odil Ahmedov has once again been linked with a move to Premier League giants Arsenal.
Arsenal are looking to bolster their midfield and have been long linked with Ahmedov, who the Gunners have been watching for well over a year now. Ahmedov has now declared that he wants a move to Arsenal if he has the choice, though he is also open to a move to La Liga in Spain.
As much as Ahmedov’s persistence over a move to the Emirates Stadium is admirable, would Arsenal really make a move for him?
The main target in the midfield for Arsenal this summer is Rennes defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila, who will be starring for France in Euro 2012. It seems to me that Ahmedov is probably seen as a cheaper option in case M’Vila’s value soars after the tournament, as Arsenal rarely pay huge transfer fees for players.
Ahmedov has shown some versatility over his career, playing at centre back for Uzbekistan in the 2011 Asian Cup, so he could offer cover in defence if needed, especially as Thomas Vermaelen has had an injury plagued spell with the club whilst Per Mertesacker is recovering from a long term injury. Ahmedov’s cover would come in handy for Arsenal and could persuade Arsene Wenger into making a move for him.
It remains to be seen how much truth there is to this story. It seems like regurgitated tale of a player that Arsenal wanted to sign once upon a time and now Ahmedov is clinging onto the hope that Arsenal will make a move for him again. Whilst I’m sure Wenger has him on the back of his mind, their main man will be M’Vila and right now, it looks like they will be able to tie up a deal.
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