Arsenal’s striker worries might have finally reached a solution. Only a couple of days ago, Olivier Giroud inspired the Gunners to victory in the Champions League clash against Olympiacos. The win also took them to the next round of the European competition. And now, to strengthen the squad, Arsene Wenger has agreed a deal to sign Russian striker Aleksandr Kokorin.
According to Russian newspaper Izvestia, Kokorin will move to the Emirates ahead of the expiry of his contract in the summer. The striker now plays for Dynamo Moscow but the Russian club is not having a good time financially. The player will be out of contract at the end of this season. And because of the monetary troubles, he will have half the wages he gets now if he wants to extend the deal with the current club. That is the reason Arsenal have been able to make this deal.
The financial debacle has also attractions from Zenit. But according to the reports, Kokorin would prefer to join Arsenal. And the Gunners will surely try to secure the deal at the New Year. Dynamo Moscow hope to receive £4.3 million for the 24-year-old forward.
Kokorin joined the Russian side in 2008. For the last two seasons, he has been in a decent form and scored 22 goals from 57 matches. He also earned national cap and played 36 games for Russia. Kokorin scored 10 goals for the national side. He was a part of his country’s EURO 2012 team and FIFA World Cup 2014 team.
This season, Kokorin has scored four goals in eight league games. This shows that the player will be a valuable to the Arsenal side.
The Premier League side are currently in the second position of the league table, only a point behind league leaders Leicester City. However, they have suffered a lot due to injury problems. Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere are still unfit. Alexis Sanchez, on the other hand, has been added to the injury list a week ago. Theo Walcott has missed some games, but he is back now. And Giroud being the only decent striker, Walcott had to step up to take the forward role on occasions. Quite clearly, this transfer may be a final solution to Arsene Wenger‘s problems.
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