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Ex-Russia star Kiriakov convinced Golovin has impressed Arsenal

Former Russia international Sergei Kiriakov believes CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin has impressed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Golovin scored in the first-leg of their Europa League quarterfinal last week and will start tonight in Moscow as CSKA seek to overturn a 4-1 deficit.

Kiriakov told Iz: "Golovin performed well in the first meeting.

"This opinion is formed not only because of the goal scored - he played a good game as a whole. Aleksandr acted in the not quite familiar position of defensive midfielder, and it was noticeable. Nevertheless, he was able to prove himself, worked well with the ball."

Former Russian goalkeeper Ruslan Nigmatullin says Golovin should focus on his game, not trying to convince Arsenal chiefs to sign him tonight.

"Going out on the field with the goal of showing off is not worth it. The main thing is that the whole team plays well and plays decent football," added Nigmatullin.

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