'Iranian Messi' Arsenal target scores again ... but gets thrashed 6-2

AVB Alone

Sardar Azmoun scored for the second week in a row today - but Andre Villas-Boas had the last laugh.

At the tail end of last month Arsenal were being linked with a move for Rubin Kazan playmaker Sardar Azmoun - or as he is better known, the ‘Iranian Messi’.

The former Sepahan starlet moved to Russia in 2013 after impressing for the Iranian youth teams - he has scored seven goals in six Under-17 appearances and 19 in 17 games for the Under-20s.

The 19-year-old was being linked with the Gunners in The Metro last month - with a reported bid of £2 million being readied for the talented teenager.

Last weekend he hit the back of the net against FK Rostov with a lovely finish - taking a touch, turning and poking away a strike with his right foot.

And he has been at it again - this time putting the ball beyond a team managed by a former Spurs boss.

He scored against Andre Villas-Boas’ Zenit St Petersburg side today - his strike making the score 2-1 in the 64th minute…

Unfortunately it only seemed to rile their opposition.

Zenit went on to score four more goals in a stunning 6-2 win for AVB’s men.

A good day for Azmoun on a personal basis, but for his team … not the best day at the office.

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