Arsenal will aim to be active in transfer market in order to strengthen their squad for title bid. Players like Isco, James Rodriguez, Javier Hernandez and Riyad Mahrez have all been linked with a move to the London club. However, Dynamo Moscow striker Aleksandr Kokorin, has been urged to sign for the Gunners by former Manchester United midfielder, Andrei Kanchelskis.
Kanchelskis said, “Kokorin should jump at the chance to go to that country. The Russian championship is very weak and Aleksandr can progress at Arsenal. Arsenal are the best option for Aleksandr’s career. If he is prepared to work a lot, he will not have any problems. He will not be like (Arsenal’s former Russian forward) Andrei Arshavin and will become a top class forward for the London club.”
Kokorin has scored 50 goals in the 201 games he has played for Dynamo. It is reported that the 24 year old will join Arsenal at a fee of £4.4million if Danny Welbeck does not return from injury soon.
Arsene Wenger has had trouble finding a reliable striker upfront ever since the departure of Van Persie in 2012. Wenger brought in Olivier Giroud who is having a comfortable season so far but often fails to deliver at most crucial times. Theo Walcott’s return is a reason to rejoice for Arsenal but a third available option would put Arsene Wenger at ease, and injury to one striker would not have a major impact on their title bid.
Kokorin will be an ideal choice with his aerial abilities, and strong team play, and could work as the perfect supporting striker for either Giroud or Walcott. The Russian international, might not however be fit to be the main striker, and could struggle to become a team regular. Which might not make the idea of moving to England all that thrilling for the striker.
A better choice for Arsenal would be Javier Hernandez who has already been linked with Arsenal, but Arsene Wenger has yet to officially acknowledge his interest in the Mexico International.