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Zenit make first move for Arsenal target Affolter

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It appears Arsenal are going to have another fight on their hands if they wish to acquire Young Boys’ Francois Affolter, as Zenit have already tabled a January bid for the 20-year-old Swiss defender.

Zenit’s bid is thought to be in the region of £6 million for Affolter, who has reportedly been watched closely by Arsenal in recent months. However, no bid has yet been tabled by Arsene Wenger and still remains to be seen whether he will.

Affolter, a Switzerland Under-21 international, has been with Young Boys for four years, where he has made a total of 96 appearances for the Swiss club.

It seems an ongoing issue that we frequently keep missing out on our supposed targets, as we are not quick enough to show our intentions – a great example of this was with Juan Mata, who joined Chelsea in the summer. I honestly believe that we need to become more ruthless in the transfer market.

Perhaps Affolter isn’t the marquee-signing fans will want to see join our club this January, but if we cannot get it right with youngsters then how are we going to close the deal on big-name signing(s)?

We all know Arsenal do not have the financial power to match the likes of Man City and Chelsea, and if we continue to wait until the last minute to sign players this January, then we will probably once again be beaten to our targets.

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