CSKA Moscow’s Aleksandr Golovin has admitted that he’s pleased with Arsenal’s interest.

Golovin has admitted that he’s pleased to hear that Arsenal are potentially interested in signing him as any player would want to play in Europe.

“Of course, I will be pleased that such a club [Arsenal] is interested in me,” he told Sport Express, reports the Metro.

“In my opinion, every football player, regardless of their age, wants to play in Europe – I’m not an exception.”

A classically vague, diplomatic answer. He wouldn’t mind a move but isn’t going to kick up a fuss.

CSKA general director Roman Babaev revealed last month that although Arsenal hadn’t made any offers for the 21-year-old, they have been scouting him.

“No, CSKA did not receive an offer from Arsenal,” Babaev said.

“I admit that the London club’s scouts viewed Alekandr [during the] Confederations Cup. He was one of the best parts of our team.”

The Gunners are said to be willing to pay £10m for the central midfielder. He still has four years left on his contract, however, so they could be biding their time and waiting for his valuation to come down.


Arsenal fans first became acquainted with Golovin’s name back in June when his agent confirmed that Arsene Wenger had shown an interest. The boss allegedly contacted Sandor Varga, the former agent of ex-Arsenal player Oleg Luzhny, for a second opinion on the Russia international.

Last season, the 21-year-old made 37 appearances for CSKA Moscow, scored three goals and assisted four.

Golovin has been at the Russian club since 2012 when he was just 16 and brought through the ranks.

Chelsea have also been linked.