After witnessing his Arsenal side come back to salvage a 2 – 2 draw at CSKA Moscow last night, Arsene Wenger dropped subtle clues to the thinking behind Arsenal’s transfer business this summer.
Wenger claimed, according to the Daily Express, the Gunners are “not in transfer mode” but admitted that his vanquished opponents did not have “one bad player” on their side.
The centre of attention was 21-year-old midfielder genius Aleksandr Golovin. Arsenal suffered at his feet in both legs, with Russian international scoring a delectable free-kick at the Emirates during the first game.
Speaking to Russian media, the Frenchman said: “Golovin is a very interesting player and had an outstanding game tonight.”
Arsenal drew Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals earlier today, a draw Wenger preferred to avoid.
Golovin has 17 caps for Russia to his name, making his debut against Belarus just three days after his 19th birthday. It was keeping in line with his club career, which began just two months before he won his first cap.
Earlier this year, Chelsea were linked with a £15m move for the youngster. The Blues believed that Golovin will be a star at this summer’s World Cup and were keen to sign him for a lower fee than CSKA will be able to command once the 2018 finals are over.