Reported Arsenal target Andy Najar reiterates Premier League ambition

The Honduran winger has been linked with a move to the Gunners in recent months after an impressive 2014-15 campaign with Belgian giants Anderlecht.

Anderlecht winger Andy Najar has reiterated his desire to play in the Premier League following reports of Arsenal’s interest in his signature.

Najar, 22, was speaking to La Prensa ahead of next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, when he will be aiming to guide Honduras to their first title since 1981 over tournaments favourites Mexico and hosts USA.

The 23-times capped midfielder has made huge strides since joining Anderlecht from MLS club D.C. United in 2013, having established himself as one of the Belgian Pro League’s most exciting talents and a national team regular.

While he could not help his side win a fourth straight league championship last term, the 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year still ended the campaign in sensational form, as he recorded four goals and two assists in his final nine appearances.

His promising performances have not gone unnoticed across Europe either and Belgian newspaper HLN reported in late-April that Arsenal were tracking his progress ahead of a potential summer bid.

Asked about those specific links, Najar told La Presna: “That's what you get for doing good work on your team – you get known. The big teams are notified and I hope that, if given the opportunity, I can take advantage.

“[The Premier League] is where every player wants to play and is now the best in the world – one always wants to play in the best leagues. As I mentioned, I just have to keep working and if I do that to my best then it opens the door to any English team.

Pressed on whether a move could materialise in the coming months, he added: “[My agent] is doing his job, so let’s see. I have not spoken to him at this time and later we will see what he tells me."

Najar in fact has previous experience of starring at the Emirates Stadium, having opened the scoring in October’s narrow 2-1 Champions League defeat to Arsenal.

In addition, the skilful wide man, who can also operate at right-back, is a childhood Gunners fan and has noted in the past that a switch to north London would be his “dream move”.

Speaking to La Pensa in March after sealing Honduras’ place at the Gold Cup with a brace in a 3-0 win over French Guiana, the former MLS hotshot said: “Arsenal – it is my dream. I keep that in mind because since I was little I liked Thierry Henry. While he was playing for Arsenal, I always had this dream of joining them.

“When I scored [at the Emirates], I celebrated with everything and I noted it was at Arsenal – my future team.”

Tipped for big things after bursting onto the MLS scene as a teenager, Najar got a brief taste of Premier League life back in December 2011 when his D.C. performances earned him a two-week training stint with Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs were even reported to be preparing a £4 million bid for him ahead of the winter transfer window [h/t Daily Star] but their interest in his signature appears to have cooled since.

While that could be good news for Arsene Wenger’s potential pursuit, with agent Chris Megaloudis telling Diario Diez of rival interest from Spain in April, there might be some strong competition for the versatile speedster’s services.

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