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Forget Kokorin, Arsenal should buy his Russia international teammate Roman Zobnin

Arsenal have been linked with Aleksandr Kokorin.

According to a recent report in the Metro, Arsenal have opened talks with Dynamo Moscow over the possibility of signing attacking midfielder Aleksandr Kokorin in January.

The 24-year-old can play in a range of attacking positions and boasts a decent record this season, scoring four goals in eight league matches and averaging 3.3 shots per match.

Kokorin is undoubtedly a decent player, but do Arsenal really need another attacking option?

The Gunners currently count on Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joel Campbell and Danny Welbeck for options behind striker Olivier Giroud.

Arsene Wenger’s side boast arguably the best set of attacking options in the Premier League, though unfortunately for the Gunners the same can’t be said of holding midfielders.

Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla have both been ruled out of action with knee ligament injuries, while Jack Wilshere constantly battles fitness and Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta aren’t the youngest.

If Arsenal are to do some business in January, then they must bring in a new holding midfielder and one player who has been making headlines in Russia is Kokorin’s teammate Roman Zobnin.

The 21-year-old also plays for Dynamo Moscow and is predominantly a holding midfielder, starting 15 league games and averaging 1.9 tackles and 2.4 interceptions per league match this season.

Zobnin is widely regarded as one of Russia’s best young players and his reputation is already increasing throughout Europe, with the Metro accrediting Manchester United with an interest last summer.

Considering Dynamo Moscow’s status in Russia, the talented midfielder wouldn’t cost anywhere near the sort of figures branded about for the likes of William Carvalho and Victor Wanyama.

And Zobnin, a full Russia international after making his debut earlier this year, could prove to be just as good as he certainly possesses bags of potential to improve.

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