Arsenal are reportedly ready to turn their attention to Michu or Edin Dzeko if their move for Liverpool wantaway striker Luis Suarez fails, according to reports in Mirror.
Arsene Wenger has begun to draw up a Plan B as Arsenal struggle to land the Liverpool striker. Gunners boss Wenger still sees Suarez as his No.1 priority and they are likely to go back with an improved bid – but their chances of persuading the Merseyside club to sell appears to be fading. The Gunners have had two bids rejected for the Uruguay international already this summer and are reportedly readying a 3rd and final bid.
The report states that the Gunners’ back room staff have started looking at a contingency plan should their pursuit of Suarez end in failure. Discussions aimed at identifying alternative targets between scouting staff have taken place in the last few days. The north Londoners have compiled extensive scouting reports on Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko and Swansea star Michu and will move for them based on Suarez’s situation.
So let’s look at both of them individually and how they will fit into Arsenal’s lineup:
Swansea City’s Michu took the Premier League by storm last season and managed to score a sensational 18 goals during his first season in the Premier League.
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Michu was consistently getting on the score sheet and at times, single handedly won games for the Swans including against Arsenal. Michu who is entering the peak of his career, has the ability of being in the right place at the right time and combined with his quick thinking, makes him a nightmare for defenders to handle.
He has played in an adapted 4-2-3-1 at Swansea, similar to Arsenal, playing either as a central striker or in a withdrawn role, but his versatility is attractive to a team who likes to rotate their attacking options in game. Due to the similar style of football, he will not have to adapt his game very much and will therefore be able to keep his goal poaching instinct.
Michu thrived under the creative influence of Pablo Hernandez and Jonathan de Guzman last season, and with the likes of Santi Cazorla & Theo Walcott at Arsenal, Michu could have a greater impact. He should be able to continue to utilize his goal scoring abilities at another Premier League club like Arsenal as he will have even better service.
Dzeko was given just 16 league starts by Mancini last season. Despite this, he notched 14 goals and, significantly, whilst on the pitch, either scored or assisted 40% of City’s goals – a massive statistic.
He seems quite a simple formula. Dzeko + minutes = points. He’s never been pretty but he gets the job done with goals and, to a lesser extent, assists. Dzeko is great in the air and has a powerful shot.
Measuring in at 6 foot 4, Dzeko is hardly the epitome of the Arsenal style, but his strong and lanky frame could provide a platform for the likes of Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott to play off, whilst he could also balance out the first team’s lack of aerial ability. Because of the new signings at City, Dzeko may be available at a reasonable price too but his wages are something of a dampener for any deal to happen.
Dzeko would be a great addition, but he wouldn’t be a profound improvement over Giroud. They both are a similar kind of player, so signing him doesn’t make much sense when we have Giroud.
Michu on the other hand has a different style of play to that of Dzeko or Giroud and would add another dimension to the Arsenal attack. He’s far better with the ball at his feet but has both the aerial ability and can strike from distance.
So Michu will definitely be my choice. What’s yours?