Self-proclaimed three time Arsenal target set to join Arshavin at Zenit

Rubin Kazan Zenit

Odil Ahmedov has constantly linked himself with a move to Arsenal in the past couple of years. Now he looks set to join Zenit St Petersburg.

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 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, is he?

According to him Arsenal had scouts watching him in every game he played last season - even in the furthest reaches of Europe just to see how good he is.

We brought you the tale of Ahmedov’s continued self-speculation earlier in the year, to what is obviously a dream move.

But reports in Russia suggest he might just be on the move, but Arsenal will not be the destination.

It appears that the 25-year-old will be joining former Arsenal playmaker Andrei Arshavin at Zenit St Petersburg. According to Izvestia the defensive midfielder will be one of the big names to leave crippled Dagestan club Anzhi - who are currently languishing near the foot of the Russian Premier League table after a summer of inner turmoil.

Zenit lost Igor Denisov this summer, while Anatoly Tymoshchuk and Konstantin Zyryanov are not getting any younger - and Zenit reportedly want to pair Ahmedov with Belgian international Axel Witsel from January - and are prepared to spend €10 million to do so.

And the one positive from an Arsenal perspective, if he does make the move, is that he might stop declaring himself a target for the Gunners - as despite his talent he is not of the standard that Arsenal fans would want to see arriving at The Emirates.

image: © Paulo Pabis

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