The striker search is on for Arsenal. The Gunners are in the market for a new front man to complement Olivier Giroud and they have been linked with plethora of strikers from far and near. Some are realistic targets while some others are just sheer fantasies owing to the price tag, current club, wages and caliber of teams that might be rivaling the Gunners for their services. I guess it’s high time we leave the dream land and face reality. Big name doesn’t always translate into successful striker. What we need is someone that will deliver the goods (goals and assists) regardless of whether or not he is a big name. I will be sharing the 5 strikers that we can realistically sign this summer. This will be done over the next 5 articles on this blog. Please come with me.
The Croatian forward who also doubles as Bayern Munich striker is not such a big name but is an efficient striker. He surely knows where the net is and the proof is his goal haul in the past season. 15 Bundesliga goals for Bayern in just 24 appearances is no mean feat. He is also versatile as he can play through the center
which is his primary position, also on the right and left wings. Standing at 6ft 2, he possesses good aerial presence which means he will be able to play as a lone forward should Wenger decide to stick with his 4-3-3 formation in Giroud’s absence. At 27 years of age, he is at a very ripe age for a striker. In fact, he is massively experienced having played at top sides Dynamo Zagreb, Wolfsburg and now Bayern Munich. He is also a regular for the Croatian side. Blessed with good pace, decent skills and a nose for goals, he is an upgrade to the strikers on offer presently at the Emirates.
I believe Arsenal can get him if we show enough desire because he might just be declared surplus to requirements at Bayern Munich once Guardiola takes over reins at the end of the season. He is not Pep’s kind of striker and with the arrival of Mario Gotze who has been touted to play the false 9 role akin to what Messi does at
Barcelona, Mandzukic could become a bit part player, a situation that might push him closer to the exit door.
Besides, Bayern’s open pursuit of Borussia Dormund’s striker Robert Lewandowski means Guardiola doesn’t think highly enough of the Croatian and next season, he might be more of a bit part player at Allianz Arena.
Contrary to the other high profile strikers that we have been linked with move for that cost in the excess of 20 million Pounds, Mario won’t cost more than 20 million Pounds and should give us good value for the money forked out for him. In wages, he won’t command any astronomical wages.
I have always maintained names don’t play football, talent does and the Croatian surely possess the requisite talent and skills to flourish at Arsenal and in the Premier League.