Arsenal transfer target gunning for England scalp

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When Stevan Jovetic faces England in his hometown of Podgorica, he will surely be putting all transfer speculation to one side in order to take his side closer to history.

Should Montenegro produce a win tonight, they’ll go five points clear of England and would stand a very real chance of becoming the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup.

Jovetic is confident that they can come away as victors tonight, especially with a passionate home crowd behind them.

He was quoted as saying in The Sun: “Of course we are very confident, especially after we beat Moldova and stayed top of the group.

“The game against England will be massive, not only because we play against great opponents, but also because it’s a battle for who will be first in the group.

“We have been preparing for this match for a week but it has been in our heads for a few months.

“We are going to play against a top team and yes, it is a hard job in front of us.

“However, the English will not have an easy task against us in front of our amazing fans.

“In the Euro qualifiers I played the second game in Podgorica and it was unforgettable.

“The celebration after the second goal when we secured a play-off spot I will remember for a long time.

“We have more experience than two years ago. Otherwise it’s the same team, with the same players.

“England are always very strong. But we are not afraid of them.

“We have the quality and experience to compete with England, especially in front of our fans.”

The Fiorentina striker has attracted much attention from Premier League clubs recently and Arsenal fans in particular would like to see the 23-year-old move to North London. 

While Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Gervinho can all be deployed down the middle, the Gunners only have one real, out-and-out stiker in Olivier Giroud and they would certainly welcome a player like Jovetic who can fill the striker role comfortably.

The Montenegro striker is perfectly aware of Arsenal’s interest and claims he is flattered by it.

“I’ve heard about Arsenal’s interest. It’s a big pleasure for me to be on the radar of such a big club. I am happy about that,” he said. 

“I’ve always had an affinity with Arsenal. It’s a major club with a big tradition, one of the biggest in Europe.

“It’s not easy to replace Van Persie, who scored a lot of goals.

“Arsenal have plenty of players who don’t score like Van Persie, but are also very good.

“They are still very strong. I often watch Premier League games on TV. It’s one of the best leagues in the world and looks tempting for me.

“Maybe one day I will play there but I have a contract with Fiorentina and battling for a Champions League place in Serie A is the only thing I’m thinking about now.”

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