Could Aleksandr Kokorin really be on his way to the Emirates this January?

Regardless of the clear lack of spending carried out at the Emirates throughout the summer transfer window – as well as Arsene Wenger’s continued indication that his current Arsenal squad are already more than good enough for the job – the Gunners are an outfit seemingly unable to detach themselves from the many transfer-fuelled sports headlines constantly circulating across the country.


The latest name to be heavily linked with the North Londoners this season rather unsurprisingly arrives in the form of yet another centre-forward. As long as the manager’s striking options consist merely of Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and an injured Danny Welbeck, it seems like that will always be the way for Arsenal. This time, 24-year-old Dynamo Moscow striking sensation, Aleksandr Kokorin, has been outlined as Wenger’s reported desire.


In light of such a notion surrounding Arsenal Football Club and the up and coming Russian international, just how likely is this particular move to take place? Will the Gunners move for Kokorin as early as the January transfer window, or will Arsene Wenger eventually seek a better deal elsewhere?


Well, if Aleksandr Kokorin’s glowing domestic reputation is to prove anything to go by in this debate, perhaps Arsenal could well have a steal on their hands for as little as £7 million this winter. That is the sum that’s been thrown around of late, but whether or not the towering no. 9 will actually go for less than £10 million remains anyone’s guess at the minute.


On paper the deadly Russian finisher could potentially work out well within the current group of players on offer at the Emirates. Kokorin certainly possesses a keen eye for goal in and around the box, his confidence in one-on-one situations has definitely proved effective so far throughout his career – and when it comes to his impressive aerial quality inside the final third – this is a player few critics could find a problem with.


Yes, the 24-year-old clearly doesn’t arrive with a vast amount of experience outside Russia and would therefore have to adapt readily to the Premier League to ever stand a chance. The fate of most Russian players among the English top-flight wouldn’t look too promising for the Dynamo Moscow frontman should he eventually join the Gunners this season – but as Kokorin has impressed on the international scene and even scored for his country at the 2014 World Cup – maybe he could well prove the player to break all previous trends.


But whilst such an analysis may ring true for the Russian international, Arsene Wenger could still justifiably decide against signing Aleksandr Kokorin this winter. There are currently very few doubts surrounding the player’s overall ability in front of goal, but that simply doesn’t answer the question of why Arsenal should move for him in the first place. Do the Gunners really need the 24-year-old on board this term?


The answer could well be, no. Although the current Dynamo Moscow favourite may well represent somewhat of a bargain for as little as £7 million, Russia’s latest striking sensation arguably offers nothing much more than an updated version of Olivier Giroud. It remains easy to imagine Kokorin playing with his back to goal at the Emirates much like the club’s current no. 12 does, should he be donning the Arsenal colours sooner rather than later.


Kokorin could one day blossom into an elite finisher that any top class European team would certainly love to get their hands on – but at this stage in the proceedings – the 24-year-old ultimately won’t solve Arsene Wenger’s current concerns among his striking department. Unless the Gunners plan to supplement his signing with a centre-forward far more technically gifted than both Giroud and Kokorin himself, Arsenal may as well look elsewhere this winter to maximise their squad efficiency throughout the rest of the season.


If Russian football’s newest poster-boy does in-fact join up at the Emirates this term and initially set the Premier League alight however, that too wouldn’t be entirely surprising. He just doesn’t seem the type to maintain his consistency within the English top-flight when everything is duly considered, much like a certain Andrey Arshavin back in his very own hey-day for the Gunners…. 


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