The World Cup has only just started, and a new rumour has sprung surrounding our intended transfer activity.

Russia kicked off the World Cup 2018 in style, with a resounding 5-0 thumping of Saudi Arabia in the tournament’s opening fixture, and one of the home team’s star players - who has been linked with Arsenal last season - was linked once again to our club.

Russian midfielder Andriy Golovin curled in a fantastic free kick in injury time, and the CSKA Moscow man saw his odds on a prospective move to The Emirates slashed to 4/1 in the face of his impressive performance.

He was Arsene Wenger’s target before the Frenchman departed our club, and we are all familiar with his play, after defeating his club in the Quarter-Finals of the Europa League last season.

Golovin scored CSKA’s away goal in their 4-1 loss at The Emirates, and his young age and technique - honed playing futsal as a youngster in Siberia - would be a good fit for our technical midfield.

However, the World Cup has a growth effect on transfer fees, and every decent performance would put extra zero’s on his respective transfer fee - something Arsenal are keen to do without.

A bookmaker slashing odds on something is usually a good sign that there is something in the works, and 4/1 for a player to join is pretty short, but Arsenal already have Lichtsteiner, with Sokratis pretty much in the bag too. With Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen and Torreira from Sampdoria, an addition of Golovin’s stature would surely mean that we are to shed a player before this would happen.

Still, Golovin is a quality player and not all links are spurious. It is definitely worth keeping our eyes on, and if anything happens - just like the Lichtsteiner and Sokratis deals - The Arsenal Review will have our finger on the pulse.