Son of Iranian volleyball icon Khalil Azmoun, the Premier League could soon be savouring the brilliance of Rubin Kazan’s Sardour Azmoun as Arsenal ready a £2m bid for the 19-year-old.
A fearsome scoring record for his country’s Under-20 team of 19 goals from 17 caps has prompted the cavalier (and less creative) division of Nickname Attributors Inc to slap the ‘Iranian Lionel Messi’ alias around his neck and the Gunners hope to beat Italian pair AC Milan and Juventus to his signature.
His club level stats have since gone on to undermine the moniker moguls, but despite bagging just once in eight appearances for Rubin, Azmoun is still regarded as one of the finest youth prospects in the Russian Premier League.
While Gooners the world over would much prefer the Argentinean Lionel Messi was signed in favour of another fledgling star that will inevitably be snapped up by Manchester City if he turns out to be any good, they do require striker reinforcements post haste and snaring Azmoun could spark an influx of attacking arrivals at the Emirates.
City are the next opponents Arsene Wenger’s charges will go to battle with and the hosts are available at 5/2 to prevail.
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However, a dreadful win ratio against their big-gun brethren indicates that let you down they shall, meaning punters would be best advised to swerve Arsenal’s match-betting odds in favour of a victory and clean sheet combination for Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
The away win to nil rewards at a rate of 13/5 and there’s plenty of ammunition in the case to place a bet on this eventuality, namely the five-match clean sheet streak the Citizens are currently surfing.
Branislav Ivanovic was the last player to put the ball in Joe Hart’s net in Premier League action back at the start of February, with four of the five foes to follow their 1-0 loss to Chelsea being beaten without mustering a goal.