Anzhi Makhachkala midfielder Odil Ahmedov has expressed an interest in a move to Arsenal this summer. The 24 year old, who has 44 caps for Uzbekistan, was reportedly a target for the Gunners last year, while playing for his hometown club Pakhtakor Tashkent. He has been extensively scouted by Arsenal throughout this season as well.
Ahmedov primarily operates as a holding midfielder but is equally efficient in the centre-back role as well. He now has set his sights on a move to a bigger league and the north London club is his pick of the lot.
"I'm really happy to be playing at Anzhi, they're a club with a big future. But I want to try in England or Spain. Clearly all the clubs in Spain and England are wonderful, but I would like, if I had the choice, to play at Arsenal," ESPN quoted the Uzbek as saying. Ahmedov had a very impressive season at Anzhi and was voted the Russian club's Player of the Year for 2011, beating out the likes of Samuel Eto'o, Roberto Carlos and Yury Zhirkov.
Meanwhile, Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has stated he will wait till the end of the summer's European Championships to take a decision on his future.
The 24 year old, who has just completed a season on loan at Sunderland, is heading for the exit at the Emirates as Arsene Wenger looks to cut down on fringe players and reshuffle his squad. Bendtner has already held talks with a host of clubs over a potential move in the summer but has now said he is fully concentrated on Denmark's European campaign.
"Yes, I have talked to other clubs. I have told all the clubs that I want to wait until after Euro 2012. We have got plenty of time to sort out the future," Goal.com quoted the forward as saying.
Denmark, who are set to face Germany, Holland and Portugal in Group B, were beaten 1-3 on Saturday by a young Brazil team containing the bulk of their expected squad for the London Olympics. Porto forward Hulk scored a brace for the South Americans, while Bendtner pulled a goal back for the Danes.