Odil Ahmedov's links to Arsenal are becoming as regular as clockwork, with the player angling for a move to the club.
Ahmedov, 25, is a defensive midfielder who hails from Uzbekistan and plays for Anzhi Machachkala in Russia.
He is reported to have told Russian news outlet Izvestia, as reported in today's Metro:
"I’m happy at Anzhi but I’d like to try England, Spain or Italy."
"It is true I have interest from Arsenal though – their scouts have watched me in every match this season.
"If I move there, I could be a huge success but there is no bid yet."
That was this year. A little over a year ago, on May 26, The Metro reported: 'Odil Ahmedov issues come and get me plea to Arsenal'
The player said: "I’m really happy to be playing at Anzhi, they’re a club with a big future. But I want to try in England or Spain.
"Clearly all the clubs in Spain and England are wonderful, but I would like, if I had the choice, to play at Arsenal."
Sound familiar? Allow us to present Exhibit three:
ESPN reported on June 30 2011, 'Ahmedov claims Arsenal interest.'
He said at the time: "It is true that Arsenal are interested in me. Now I am watched by the English team's scouts. They are watching me in every game.
"If I move to Arsenal, it will be a success not only for me, but for the whole Uzbek football."
Clearly he is desperate for his big move, but Arsenal have a number of defensive midfield options to choose from and with more cash than ever to spend it is questionable whether they will choose him.
We cannot say categorically he won't sign for Arsenal, but the chances are we have seen how this one plays out already.
Arsenal won't make a move on him, he will carry on playing at Anzhi, and next June he will pop up and remind us all how Arsenal have been scouting his every move...
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