Last week, it was disclosed that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was handed a £70 million war-chest to spend this January. The anxious wait to discover who Wenger would splash the cash on seems to be over with a deal for Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko reported to be have been struck.
Ukrainian outlet Sport.ua via the Daily Star reports that the Gunners have met his £23 million asking price. The Russian had emerged as one of the top targets for the Gunners boss as he continues his search in a bid to improve his squad in what yet promises to be a very successful season. The 26-year-old has hugely been impressive this season and produced some eye catching performances in Champions league this season.
The tricky winger is left footed but predominantly plays on the right side and is renowned for coming infield cutting onto his dominant foot before having a crack at goal or picking a pass. He has so far bagged 76 league goals in 187 appearances in Kiev.
Due to his lanky frame, Wenger was believed to have had concerns about his ability to adapt to the overly physical Premier league, but such fears have been removed with the player’s performances in Europe against Premier League sides Everton and Chelsea in 2015.
Yarmolenko was understandably highly sought after and Wenger deserves all the credit for napping him ahead of his rivals. Everton having been on the receiving end were understood to be interested. They were joined by both Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona in showing interests in the player.
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