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Sardar Azmoun should jump at the opportunity to join Premier League side Arsenal in 2022, former Zenit St Petersburg manager Vlastimil Petrzela told Russian publication Eurostavka

The Gunners may no longer be the all-conquering force of yesteryear but, despite 15 years without a top-flight trophy and five successive seasons outside the Champions League places, their pulling power remains largely unscathed. 

Arsenal have succeeded in luring the likes of Thomas Partey and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to North London in recent times. 

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While Azmoun will not be short of offers next year, do not be surprised if Arsenal fight off competition from the likes of Lyon and Bayer Leverkusen for a striker who scored 19 times last term and 21 the season before. 

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Onze Mondial reported last week that the £17 million-rated poacher has admirers at the Emirates and, according to a former Zenit coach, this may be an opportunity too good to turn down. 

“Should Azmoun go to Arsenal? I think yes,” said Petrzela, who guided Zenit to a Russian Cup triumph back in 2003. “Why not move to the best league in the world, if there really is such an opportunity?  

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“Are Zenit stronger than Arsenal now? I would not say so. I think that the Premier League clubs in any condition are always stronger than Zenit.” 

Azmoun was a target for Arsenal’s North London rivals over the summer, the striker admitting a few weeks ago that he had ‘an offer from Tottenham’ on the table. 

And while Zenit were reluctant to part with their top scorer before September’s transfer deadline, the reigning Russian champions may have no choice but to cash in when the New Year rolls around. Azmoun, after all, is out of contract in 2022 and he is yet to sign an extension. 

The Iran international could succeed Alexandre Lacazette at the Emirates, with the Frenchman also due to become a free agent in nine months.

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