Arsenal need to tap Russian league for transfer gems

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With the transfer window about to shut, Arsenal are still in the market for a couple of deadline day deals.

With all the big names seemingly settled on destinations, Wenger is going to have to find a few gems in the small player pool left. The Russian league doesn't receive a lot of attention, with the now cash strapped Anzhi Makhachkala being a target for many of the Premier league giants.

However it's CSKA Moscow who could be considered arguably Russia's best team. With the amount of talent on the Champions League regulars, it's a surprise there haven't been more rumours.

Wenger is no stranger to Russian players, having broken the club's transfer record to bring in Andrei Arshavin in 2009. Labeled as an Arsenal flop, Arshavin was an important member in some of Arsenal's biggest matches, scoring the brace in their UCL victory over Barcelona three years ago.

A player who took the 2012 European Championship by storm was Arshavin's compatriot Alan Dzagoev. With much of the attention on his midfeild partner Keisuke Honda, Dzagoev has flown a little under the radar. Once a Chelsea target, he's been a staple at Moscow, helping them win the league in the 2012/2013 season.

With a very good passing ability, excelling in long passes and crosses, he would fit right into the Arsenal midfield. He has the ability to play alongside Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey in the holding roles, or even play up front with the likes of Santi Cazorla as a playmaker. Dzagoev is young and would be a good fit to cover for the injuries the Arsenal wing has faced as of late.

The lack of a striker is another issue Arsenal ran into at the start of the season. With Gonzalo Higuaín and Luis Suarez rejecting moves to Arsenal, they need someone to support lone striker Olivier Giroud. 

Seydou Doumbia would be a great addition to the Arsenal attacking ranks, boasting a great 40 goals in 66 appearances record for the team. What he lacks in aerial ability he makes up for in his poaching, pace, and talented footwork. Doumbia's biggest downfall is he's coming off an injury, which may even convince CSKA to sell a little under his value.

He's a talented striker who could help bag a good number of goals and provide a little competition for Giroud's lock on the striker position. 

Arsene Wenger doesn't have much time left to dilly-dally in the transfer window. Deals need to start being made to secure the services of true talent. With the outrageous price tags players have these days, it is vital for teams acting under FIFA's new financial fair play laws to unearth a few gems.

These two players have shown they have the quality and talent to play for a top team, as well as previous Champions League experience which Arsenal is going to need in their game heavy schedule.

With only one day left to act, perhaps Wenger needs to take a look at Russia with love. 

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