Arsenal set to sign Russian international midfielder?

Despite all the Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with top-notch expensive stars like Riyad Mahrez, Kylian Mbappe and Alexandre Lacazette, this latest news seems much more believable given Arsene Wenger’s track record of buying improving young stars at a reasonable cost.

Aleksandr Golovin is only 21, but has already played 12 times for the Russian national side, and made 36 appearances while helping his side CSKA Moscow to come second in the Russian Premier League. He may be unknown to Arsenal fans but is considered to be a rising star in his homeland. When asked yesterday about whether Arsenal were close to signing his client, his agent said it was “nice information”, but refused to confirm and deal. ‘Golovin at Arsenal? Nice information,’ said Oleg Artemov.

‘But so far, no comment.’

This possible transfer looks to me like a classic Wenger-buy, especially as the price quoted in most papers is a paltry £10million which seems remarkably cheap when you consider he has a contract with CSKA until 2021.

What worries me is where on Earth Wenger can fit him into the team, with Ramsey and Xhaka forming a budding promising partnership, and with Coquelin, the Ox, Elneny, Ozil and Reine-Adelaide already competing for places in our crowded midfield. Perhaps Wenger is hoping he will develop into a replacement for Santi Cazorla?

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18 Comments

  1. Eddy Hoyte says:

    Arsenal with players who have funny names be like Batman and Robin… Metersacker, It was Kokorin last season, yarmolenko last three season. .Golovin this season ???? i’m expecting submarine next season ???

  2. John0711 says:

    Cheap cheap cheap
    It’s amazing how all our cheap deals seem to get done yet the “rumours “stay rumours until we have the I almost bought
    Come and get your season tickets

  3. isiaq says:

    Golovin is a far better player than all our attacking players aside from Alexis. I have been paying close attention to the guy lately , watching bunch of his magic footwork on youtube. He reminds of Young Nasri. Am no where been his hypeman but a technical player of Golovin calibre worth more than the token 10million. He is doublefooted with a great football brain. Moreso, he is a great dribbler and very confidence and comfortable on the ball.

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      I hope he’s good, but never trust compilations of a player’s best bits on Youtube. I remember getting so excited about Arshavin, and Gervinho after watching their compilations, and how easily I was deceived! Haha. Youtube can even make Ramsey look WC!

    2. funkyrith says:

      Yep, and we wont get 3 top players anyway, we have to replace outgoing deadwood too, and anyone who runs down their contract next year(Ox, Ramsey, Gibbs, Wilshere have not signed extensions yet). Alexis and Ozil are too much vital to be clubbed with these guys or to be compared with Golovin .

  4. henry says:

    Slow Wenger will continue destroying Arsenal. Why wait till others have bought the best wine then go for the dregs?
    I thought may be, just maybe he could change with the negativity that surrounded Arsenal last season.
    And don’t tell me to wait till August. If we identified and bought players that could improve us earlier, may be Sanchez and Ozil could see our seriousness and stay. But Oh!!

  5. Arsenal_Girl says:

    At this rate I will be very surprised if we get any of these players that we have been linked to: Lacazette, Mbappe, Seri, Aurier, Rodriguez, Mahrez

    Wenger may just be getting average to decent players.

  6. Rkw says:

    Same as it ever was same as it ever was …

    Letting the days go by letting the days to by …

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
      Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
      Into the blue again after the money’s gone
      Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground

      And you may ask yourself
      What is that beautiful house?
      And you may ask yourself
      Where does that highway go to”
      And you may ask yourself
      Am I right, Am I wrong?
      And you may say to yourself, “My God! What have I done?

      Or …Oh my “God! What have Arsenal become?
      Awesome song dude, they don’t write them like that anymore.

  7. Break-on-through says:

    What about that other Russian or Ukranian, the fast winger over 6ft. Forget his name but us and Liv were said to be really keen. If this lad was really good, Abramovich would snap him up. Out of every ten different transfer speculations, at times, only one of them might! hold some truth.

  8. ArseOverTit says:

    His cousin bolockov used to be a handful before his accident.

  9. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Wenger will probably offer £8m and then talk about how he almost signed him in 2 years.

  10. kklin says:

    Wenger please enough of all this unknown players already. Just keep to your word and bring in ‘top, top signings which will improve the team’

  11. Janssen says:

    I read that Golovin would be immediatly loaned out back to CSKA Moscow I believe.

    1. Fatboy Gooney, Too Fat to track back. says:

      Yup, glad someone is paying attention ?

  12. Sam 111 says:

    I really don’t see the point,

    Unless he’s going to come here and set the world on fire, surely it’s better to bring through some academy players instead.

  13. ruelando says:

    There is nothing wrong in buying a young bargain, 10 millions is quite cheap,i do not care about the price tag if he is going to be an arsenal player i will support him, price tag does not guarantee success, a team with 11 hard working individuals is more likely to give you success.

    Who is actually out there, some players at ridiculous prices

    1. JembutArsene says:

      kudos, our true fan.

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