Mikel Arteta has reportedly turned to former team-mate Andrey Arshavin in a bid to land one of his summer transfer targets.
The Gunners have identified Iranian star Sardar Azmoun of Zenit St Petersburg as a target to add a fresh option in attack, according to Area Napoli.
And Arteta ‘s relationship with Arshavin from their playing days at the Emirates could give them an advantage with the Russian now in charge of transfers at Zenit.
It is claimed he has already been in contact with Arshavin over a deal for Azmoun after he was offered to the club in April as they aim to cash-in.
The club are reportedly in the process of gathering more information over a potential move for Azmoun, with Arshavin on hand to provide a bridge between the two parties with plenty of experience of life with the Gunners.
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Fellow Premier League clubs Leicester and West Ham have been linked with the £30m-rated striker, who has bagged 19 goals in 33 games for Zenit in the Russian top flight since moving from Rubin Kazan last year.
He has also scored 32 goals in 50 caps for Iran and could offer a new option in attack for Arteta.
A host of strikers have been linked with Arsenal including Moussa Dembele and Arkadiusz Milik with a risk of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaving the club.
Iranian forward Sardar Azmoun has been linked with a move to the Emirates
The Gunners are reported to have opened talks with their captain over a new contract with Arteta taking a leading role in a bid to convince him to stay.
But Jamie Carragher today warned the striker is “too good” for Arsenal and could still depart.
“Towards the end of my career [Liverpool] were in this situation quite a lot where you’re just missing out on the top four,” Carragher told Sky Sports of the decision facing Mikel Arteta and the Gunners board.
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