Ivorian hitman makes Arsenal transfer plea

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CSKA Moscow striker Seydou Doumbia has issued a 'come and get me' transfer plea to Arsenal.

The Ivorian international, who was sent off in last's night's Champions League clash between CSKA and Trabzonspor, has been heavily linked with a move move to the Barclays Premier League, with reports in October claiming the Russians had placed a £35 million price-tag on the player.

Whilst Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is unlikely to pay such a figure, the Frenchman is believed to be one of the parties interested in the 23-year-old former Young Boys forward, and his comments will have alerted the Emirates outfit over a possible January switch.

"From childhood I've dreamed of England, but CSKA plays at a very high level. I'm very happy here," he said.

"If Arsenal want to buy me, they must first talk to CSKA, then perhaps I'll be allowed to go."

Questions over the depth of the strike-force in north London remain, with Robin Van Persie flying solo for the Gunners in a 4-3-3 formation and helping spark a remarkable turnaround in the capital after their worst start t a league campaign in over 50 years.

Whilst Gervinho has impressed in his brief time with the club, the Arsenal jury remains out on Park Chu-Young, who enjoyed success in the Carling Cup but struggled to adapt during his first taste of Champions League football against Marseille this week.

Doumbia would also fit the bill of a young player with the potential to progress, so often the requirement of a Wenger transfer target, and it remains to be seen if Arsenal can negotiate a cheaper fee in the New Year.

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