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Arsene Wenger told his pre-match press conference how impressed he is with Aleksandr Golovin, amid plenty of rumours of Arsenal interest in the player.
The media have linked Golovin with a move to Arsenal a lot in the last year or so. The player himself even spoke about their interest just a few days ago. Now Wenger has admitted he likes what he’s seeing from the player.
“His performances are very good,” Wenger said. “He’s a regular player in the Russian national team, so he’s a strong player.
“CSKA have two players in the midfield who play in the national team, Dzagoev and Golovin, so they have the best midfield in the country.”
Not only that, but Golovin’s agent also confirmed Arsenal’s interest in the player last November.
If this tie is a trial of sorts, the 21-year-old is certainly making the most of it. His free-kick gave CSKA a vital away goal last week, which could yet still have a big impact on the tie. It was his second goal in two games in the Europa League knockout stages.
He also grabbed an assist against Manchester United earlier in the campaign. Clearly he isn’t afraid of English opposition.