It has been revealed that despite having a tight transfer purse, Arsenal attempted to bolster their attack with a loan deal for Dynamo Moscow’s Aleksandr Kokorin in the summer, as claimed by the player’s agent.
The Gunners drew criticism from pundits and fans with Arsene Wenger claiming the shortage of world class/top-notch strikers. Arsenal’s attempt to sign Karim Benzema fell on the rocks and they couldn’t sign at outfield player bar goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Nonetheless, it has been revealed that Wenger wanted Kokorin on loan but the Gunners were turned down. Kokorin scored 45 goals in 193 appearances for Dynamo and is currently with his national team for international duties.
The manager of Dynamo Andrey Kolebec has confirmed Arsenal’s interest in the player but alluded the reason why Kokorin wasn’t allowed to leave.
“There were substantial discussions on Kokorin, but it did not happen,” he told sovsport.ru. “We vetoed a loan. I believe that Aleksandr deserves more than a loan.”
Cyril Loginov has also revealed that the player was coveted by Arsenal during the summer but he wasn’t understandably allowed to leave the Russian giant because of the relationship they have but Kokorin will soon consider his future.
Meanwhile, the Gunners are brewing with confidence after a convincing win over Manchester United. They will be basking on same confidence when they take a trip to Watford in their Premier League match.