Dzagoev to replace Arshavin at Arsenal

Russia international midfielder Alan Dzagoev could replace his compatriot Andrei Arshavin at Arsenal after impressing in the first round of fixtures during Euro 2012, the Metro has reported.

Dzagoev scored twice for his country in a 4-1 win over the Czech Republic on Friday and has been touted as Arshavin’s eventual replacement as the national team’s creative inspiration. But the Metro believes the 21-year-old could usurp Arshavin at club level too, after the elder Russian was allowed to leave on loan last season and is expected to leave permanently this summer.

Arsene Wenger is said to be willing to move for Dzagoev despite the unhappy end to Arshavin’s tenure at the club, with Dzagoev possibly available for a lower fee than would be expected as his CSKA Moscow contract enters its final year. Chelsea, however, are also said to be interested in the player, with the Metro claiming that Dzagoev is a “self-professed” Chelsea supporter.

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