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The 23-year-old forward insists Arsene Wenger's side are still "one of the biggest in Europe" - even after Robin van Persie's departure

Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic admits he is flattered by reports linking him with Arsenal and claims Arsene Wenger's side still remain "one of the biggest in Europe".

The 23-year-old, who will be in action for Montenegro against England on Tuesday evening, has netted 12 goals in 24 Serie A appearances this season.

Goal.com revealed earlier in March that Manchester City is currently in pole position to sign Jovetic having negotiated a first option on the forward, while Arsenal has also been reported as rival bidders.

“I’ve heard about Arsenal’s interest," Jovetic told The Sun. "It’s a big pleasure for me to be on the radar of such a big club. I am happy about that. I’ve always had an affinity with Arsenal. It’s a major club with a big tradition, one of the biggest in Europe."

He added, “It’s not easy to replace Van Persie, who scored a lot of goals. Arsenal have plenty of players who don’t score like Van Persie, but are also very good."

Jovetic concedes he would be open to a move to the Premier League but admits his current focus remains with Fiorentina's Champions League push.

“They are still very strong. I often watch Premier League games on TV," he said. "It’s one of the best leagues in the world and looks tempting for me. Maybe one day I will play there but I have a contract with Fiorentina and battling for a Champions League place in Serie A is the only thing I’m thinking about now.”


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