Gunners legend Ray Parlour believes his former side should attempt to bring in Edin Dzeko as part of the inevitable sale of Robin van Persie to Manchester City.
The wantaway Dutch striker has signaled his intentions to leave the club where he has spent the past eight years, despite only completing one full season due to persistent injury troubles.
Now with Manchester ‘Moneybags’ City circling the Emirates, waiting to pounce once again for another of Arsenal’s star players, Parlour believes some good can come from the deal if the Bosnian international Dzeko is included as a sweetner.
The striker has shown glimpses of brilliance since his expensive £27m move from Wolfsburg in 2011 but has fallen behind the likes of Tevez, Balotelli and Augero in the striking pecking order and is tipped for an exit from the Eastlands.
Parlour told talkSPORT:
I don’t know what Arsenal will look at, but if [Van Persie] does want to go to Manchester City then maybe they could look at a swap deal with someone like Dzeko and bring him in.
[However] his wages might be a problem.
I don’t know what kind of wages Dzeko is on at Manchester City and Arsenal have always had that pay structure that they want to keep to and maybe they have to change that.
Times are moving on and if you want the best players they go for the best money.
I can certainly see some sense in what Parlour has suggested, as Dzeko is a decent striker, but could he work in the Arsenal system? He’s more of a center forward that works best with a striking partner who is fast and agile like Tevez or Augero even Balotelli and this is something the Gunners don’t have yet.
And naturally another stumbling block would be his wages as he would be earning close to £150,000 a week with City and the Gunners aren’t even offering RvP this. He would be a useful addition, but he’s not the ideal answer to replace the Dutchman. Giroud will go some way to lessen the blow, but ideally Arsenal need a quality attacking midfielder and another top striker if RvP goes with Chamakh, Bendtner and Vela close to exits from the club.
What are your thoughts? Do you think a Dzeko + cash deal for RvP is a good way to go? Feel free to comment below or in RvP’s thread in the allArsenal.com forum