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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly kept an eye on Russia ace Aleksandr Kokorin during the European championship so far.

Arsene Wenger was reportedly interested in Aleksandr Kokorin who was a loan target for the Gunners last summer but any move failed to materialise.

Kokorin, 25, moved from Russian side Dynamo Moscow to Zenit Saint Petersburg in the January transfer window and scored just twice in his first 12 games for his new club last season.

Kokorin was selected for Leonid Slutsky’s Russia squad for the European championship currently underway in France.

The player has started Russia’s both Group B games so far and will likely do so against Wales. Kokorin was taken off after 76 minutes following a poor performance in Russia’s 2-1 defeat to Slovakia on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger has been keeping a watchful eye on the Zenith striker alongside his punditry duties, according to Russian outlet Sport Express

Wenger told Chinese media outlet Tencent: “We’ve already bought one player – Granit Xhaka – from [Borussia] Monchengladbach, because we’ve lost three players. We’ve lost Arteta, we’ve lost Rosicky and Flamini.

“So we’ve bought one midfielder and we’re still in the market to buy one or two more players.

“But it is not easy. It is not just buying. We also have to keep a good balance. If you buy too many players you destabilise your team. So three is the maximum.”


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