The Daily Mail claim Arsenal are interested in signing highly rated Russian forward Alan Dzagoev, with Wenger apparently keen on landing the current top goalscorer in Euro 2012.
The 21 year old holds the number 10 shirt at CSKA, and has already amassed over 100 appearances for the club, meaning the experienced youngster is likely to fit in at Arsenal – a club desperate for more innovative footballers. It is likely that Wenger is looking for a long term replacement for Andrey Arshavin, Dzagoev’s Russian compatriot who appears to be longing for a move back to his homeland.
With Dzagoev’s contract set to expire at the end of the calender year, CSKA Moscow are running out of time to sell their star man, and are unlikely to receive the full asking price – £13 million – for the play-maker.
The young man is quick and agile, yet thoughtful and creative, not unlike Arshavin, who has suffered a decline in form in recent years after his initial success at Arsenal. Signed at 21, Dzagoev would be ideal for an Arsenal side that are always wary of the financial implications of their signings; his valuation is only going to rise.
Arsenal are wary of their reliance on Mikel Arteta for creative threat, with the Gunners winning only once all season without the former Everton man in the starting line-up. And Dzagoev has proved his creative potential on the biggest stage, with a series of impressive performances in the Champions’ League. The Russian made 3 assists in his 8 matches, making an average of 2.8 key passes per game: a higher average than Arteta (2.1) had in the Premier League.
Competition will be hotting up for his signature if he continues to sparkle in a Russia shirt, and Arsenal will need to act fast if they are to bolster their creative options.
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