Wenger should give relentlessly reported Arsenal target the AVB treatment


Should Arsene Wenger take a leaf out of Andre Villas-Boas' book when it comes to Anzhi midfielder Odil Ahmedov?

In June 2011 Arsenal were linked with a move for Uzbekistan captain Odil Ahmedov, at the time on loan from Pakhtakor Tashkent to Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, but the deal never quite came off.

A year later Ahmedov was again talking about how he could be on the way to Arsenal in the summer; again as far as we know nothing actually came to pass.

This summer that rhetoric has continued:

"It is true I have interest from Arsenal - 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. Of course, I am happy at Anzhi, but I'd like to try England or Spain."

Not short of confidence the defensive midfielder. According to him Arsenal have had scouts watching him in every game he has played this season; even in the furthest reaches of Europe just to see how good he is.

Yesterday we brought you the tale of Ahmedov’s continued self-speculation to what is obviously a dream move. 

Today we bring a solution that comes courtesy of North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur; more specifically their manager Andre Villas-Boas.

The Portuguese is known to be after a striker this summer and one player linked with a White Hart Lane move is Barcelona forward David Villa.

It led AVB to gush over the Spaniard in May; calling him ‘one of the world’s best strikers’.

But they were also being linked heavily with something of an unknown entity; in the form of Croatian striker Ante Rebic.

The RNK Split front-man was linked with a £5 million move to The Lane this summer after the Croatian under-21 international scored 10 goals in 27 games this season.

It led to many a Tottenham fan exclaiming in true terrace style ‘who?’

But they weren’t alone; as AVB put paid to the rumours in equally brutal fashion.

"Rebic? I have no idea who this player is, I'm sorry. I don't know where this news has come from, not out of disrespect to the player but he's not someone I'm looking at."

Of course Wenger may generally be interested in the Uzbek midfielder; which if true is great - good luck to him.

Although, if not, maybe Wenger should take a leaf out of his North London rival’s brutal honesty; let him down once and for all.

Do you think Arsenal are genuinely interested in Ahmedov?

image: © Vladimir Maiorov

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