Russian players haven't fared all too well in transfers to the Premier League, but that all could change with Alan Dzagoev. We may never get the chance to see it happen, however, unless Arsenal pulls the trigger on him.
According to Football Talk, Arsenal is currently in talks to bring the Russian Star to the EPL after he made a splash in Russia's 4-1 win on Friday over the Czech Republic at Euro 2012. With just one year left on his contract, he could be a suitable replacement for Andrey Arshavin, who proved ineffective with the Gunners and was loaned back to Zenit St. Petersburg in February.
The Gunners are in need of an attacker, especially after their Arshavin investment didn't pay off—and though that failure brings into question the potential for success of Russian superstars in the EPL, Dzagoev is a risk worth taking.
Dzagoev's two goals in his nation's Euro opener were no fluke; he's proven to be a tremendous offensive asset for CSKA Moscow, where he's already played in more than 100 games despite being just 21-years-old. Plus, with only one year until his current contract runs out, he isn't likely to break Arsenal's bank.
According to SuperSport.com, Dzagoev is likely to come with a price tag of about €16 million, which could end up being a bargain if he continues to be as impressive at Euro 2012 as he was on Friday. And on top of his impressive numbers, the young star has also displayed an impressive team-first attitude that is bound to keep him from becoming a bust. He recently told SuperSport:
"I don't think about statistics—the important thing is to have won and the way we won. I am not euphoric—it is the team that counts. "3
Dzagoev is a win-win for the Gunners. He's a young player with immense potential who's proving more and more at Euro 2012 how valuable he can be against some of the best players in the world. And even if history holds true of Russian loans in the EPL and the attacker doesn't pan out, it was still a low-risk financial move worth taking.
If it's true that Arsenal is going to have to battle it out with Chelsea in the war for Dzagoev, the Gunners should be prepared to do whatever it takes to win that battle. The last thing they want to do is get burned by the Blues' young Russian star next year.
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