Unai Emery has urged the club hierarchy to pursue the signing of Russian star, Alexandr Golovin, according to football.london.
The 22-year-old, who plays for CSKA Moscow, has been linked with us for a while now, but his performances for his country at the World Cup has increased interest from elsewhere, meaning quick action is essential.
Golovin, regarded as the best player to come through in Russian football in recent years, would hugely improve the quality of our squad.
The main reason for that is his versatility. The Kaltan-born creator started the tournament on the left-wing, where he caused all sorts of problems for opponents with his pace and skill, delivering an inch-perfect cross for Yuri Gazinskiy’s opener.
When Alan Dzagoev got injured though, Denis Cheryshev occupied the left-channel, thus moving Golovin into a central role akin to the one he plays for his club.
He was equally impressive there, showing some lovely touches and an eye for a pass, with a great delivery for an Artem Dyzuba’s goal and then a perfectly-placed injury-time free-kick to round off the scoring.
To prove that fine display on opening night was not a flash in the pan, Golovin then played a part in his nation’s 3-1 win over Egypt, even if he was not directly involved in a goal on that occasion.
Arsenal need a little more creativity to replace Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla and this man could well fit the bill. While any deal would be unlikely to be completed while Russia are still in the international tournament, we need to lay the groundwork promptly.
Reports suggest that CSKA have rejected two bids from Juventus for his services, rumoured to be around €17m and €18m, while Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed that the player’s price tag is €25m. Premier League rivals, Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked to the player, who has scored once and created two assists in two World Cup games.
Sport Express, a Russian news outlet claim that scouts from Arsenal have provided Emery with a report on Golovin and that the former PSG handler has given the board the nod to pursue a move for the player, though it also adds that an official bid hasn’t been made. Ivan Gazidis needs to get his chequebook out quickly if we are to get our man.