'Arsenal interest came as a shock' - Gunners target claims Wenger is looking to sign him this summer

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The teenager previously rejected a move to the likes of Manchester United to join the Black Cats in 2015 but is now on the verge of a switch to London

Sunderland starlet Joel Asoro claims Arsenal are keen on signing him this summer but says the Gunners' interest in him has come as a shock.

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The 18-year-old forward has been reported to be the focus of a £5 million bid from the Emirates outfit, a deal which would also include his Black Cats team-mate Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka, 

Asoro is yet to make his full first-team debut for Sunderland but is seen by those at the Stadium of Light as one of the most promising prospects at the club. 

The Sweden Under-21 star, who has 14 Under-17 goals to his name, played nine minutes of Premier League football last season. 

As such, the striker is not getting ahead of himself as a result of his lack of game time.

“People were a little shocked because I have played very little first-team football," Asoro told Swedish reporters.

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“I've heard a little bit, but if I think about it too much, it becomes ‘what if, what if.’ I try not to think about it too much.

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“It came as a shock. It is clear clubs contact each other and stuff, but it's my agent in charge of it. I try to focus on my football.”

Sunderland are currently without a manager following David Moyes' dismissal, while the club remains on the market.

Asoro is part of the Sweden Under-21 side currently in Poland looking to retain the European Championship they won two years ago.

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