Young Georgian appears on Emirates radar.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is rumoured to be monitoring starlet Zhano Ananidze, dubbed “the next Georgi Kinkladze”.
The Spartak Moscow midfielder signalled his arrival on the football forefront last week, netting his first professional goal in the Russian Premier League – the youngest player ever to do so – at 17 years and eight days.
Wenger is set to face stiff competition for the fledging star, with Juventus, AC Milan and Sevilla also believed to be tracking the youngster’s progress.
The Frenchman remains defiant despite regular criticism aimed at his recruitment policies whereby foreigners have been the fulcrum of his transfer activity.
“In a football team you can have 80 per cent foreigners,” he told News Of The World.
“If that happened in normal society, English people would be upset.
“You have to be prepared to accept the rules of a new country.
“When I was in Japan I ate sushi. And when I am in England I eat roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.” (Goal.com)
Now you and I may feel that Arsenal have more than enough ‘starlets’ to last them for at least the next 3 or 4 years but apparently Arsene Wenger is keen on bringing in yet more up and coming talent to the Emirates and who are we to disagree as our Gunners boss clearly knows better than anyone who are the ‘stars of the future’.
Zhano Ananidze is in his first full professional season at Spartak Moscow but has sufficiently impressed boss Valery Karpin to has picked him on a few occasions for the League leaders and indeed the teenager became the youngest player to score in the Russian Premier League when he did so just 8 days after he turned 17 just a week ago.
The slightly built Georgian then went on to win his first full international cap and promises to have one hell of a future. However would he opt for a move to north London where he could in all likelihood get lost in amongst the growing pool of talent?