What do we know about Aleksandr Golovin?

The announcement that Arsene Wenger has opted to stay on as Arsenal manager met with a mixed response by fans. Those supporters who waved their banners in anger during last season, were extremely vocal in their opposition.

There is still much support for the Frenchman. However, there is also a sense that he must deliver; failure will mean the next two seasons will be long and painful for all.

Without the lure of Champions League football, the 67-year-old  may have to take a punt on a few lesser-known players as the real stars look elsewhere.

Arsenal are desperate to return to Europe’s elite club competition. For those who fancy a punt on a tip four finish, the football predictions at Bethut will give those who like a bet on football all the information they need to make the best choices for next season.

One name mentioned in connection with the north Londoners is CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin who has been attracting much attention with his displays for both club and country.

Still only 21, the talented schemer has already won 12 caps for Russia and scored a couple of goals after making his debut two years ago. Mixed messages came out of the club regarding Golovin previously but that doesn’t mean a deal is dead. Wenger has a habit of buying for the future.

A few reports claim they are on the verge of signing him while it has also been suggested by scout Pavel Kucherov that not a summer target.

The player’s agent, Oleg Artemov, has refused to rule out a move to Arsenal but Kucherov feels the former FC Novokuznetsk youth star “is not talented enough for European level”.

Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time

Former Russia international Andrei Kanchelskis disagrees with his compatriot. He feels the youngster would thrive at the club. The 48-year-old also believes Wenger’s liking for younger players could mean he would see plenty of game time.

There have been a few question marks over his temperament, however, and, with so much at stake for the club over the next couple of years, it is open to debate whether it would be a risk worth taking.

Another option is to purchase the £10m-rated player and loan him out. Reports in Russia claim he might be sent to Hull City to link up with former CSKA boss Leonid Slutsky.

That makes sense as it would give him a good grounding in English football. It’s a no-nonsense league where he would need to adapt to his new surroundings as quickly as possible.

Golovin extended his contract with the Muscovites until the end of the 2020/21. Wenger has the finances available to match any fee quoted.

The boss needs to silence the dissenting voices with a few big-name signing. Wenger has shown over the years that he is his own man and will not recruit players just for the sake of it.

Doubts remain over the future of both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil with no immediate sense of resolution.  Wenger is not the type of manager to have a summer clear-out. However, after their worst season for more than 20 years, there will have to be a re-think. Golovin might be a player to excite the fans.

5 thoughts on “What do we know about Aleksandr Golovin?

  1. A good Post, Matt.

    Although I have heard the name Golovin, and seen the rumours about him, I know very little about the player, and don’t remember seeing him play, so, even tho’ the famous transfer guru, C, gave a short précis on Golovin’s career to date, I wonder if he is just a young player who is being promoted by his agent, and others to make a few pounds sterling from the current financial trough drowning good sense and encouraging player greed.
    [Whoopsie – that is a rather long and windy sentence – sorry.]

    My totally uninformed guess is that we will not see Golovin playing for Arsenal any time soon, and maybe never. But then totally uninformed guesses are the staple diet of blogs, and he will therefore probably grace the Arsenal first team during the pre-season Emirates Cup. 😀

  2. Matt you say Wenger needs to silence the dissenting voices with a few big name signings, then you mention a £10 million twenty-one year old unknown Russian. That doesn’t make sense.

  3. Wenger needing a big name would more likely sign Andrei Kanchelskis.
    Lots of tickies in the boxes: PL experience, would be cheap, and at 17 letters his name is pretty big.

  4. Evening,

    I agree with Henry. The noise seems to all be coming from the Russian side. If we have a scout saying he’s not ready why would we decide to go with the view of his agent? I can see the logic in bringing in a young player and loaning him out if he is a star of the future, but it doesn’t appear that Arsenal would be stealing a march on others by buying him now. It sounds like he should stay where he is for at least another season. If we miss out, fair enough.

Comments are closed.