Scouts were sent to Zenit’s Europa League match against Andelecht in Russia last Thursday in order to keep an eye on the 25-year-old. The forward did not score but did start the 3-1 win over the Belgian club.
Kokorin’s side were however already 2-0 down from the first leg, and the away goal Anderlecht scored in the second match meant that Zenit were knocked out at the last 32 stage of the competition.
The Russian has 42 caps at senior level, and has been in good form this season, playing mostly as a right winger. In 28 matches in all competitions, Kokorin has scored eight goals and provided six assists.
The 25 year old can also play as a main striker or on the left wing, and his flexibility may be one of the reasons Arsene Wenger is keeping a close eye on him. Clubcall report he was first noticed by the Arsenal manager when he played for Russia at Euro 2016.