Arsenal are keeping tabs on Bayern Munich forward Mario Mandzukic with a view of making a summer bid for the Croatian, according to reports in Daily Mail.
The 27 year old has bagged 10 goals in 16 Bundesliga outings so far this season but his future at Munich has come under question with Robert Lewandowski set to arrive at the club on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
Mario started his career in his hometown club Marsonia from where he moved to two Croatian capital city football clubs, first joining NK Zagreb and then signing with Dinamo Zagreb in 2007 where he was the league’s top goal scorer in the 2008–09 season. His prolific scoring earned him a transfer to VfL Wolfsburg in 2010.
His impressive performances at Euro 2012 where he was the joint top scorer with three goals, earned him a move to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in 2012. He continued his goal scoring at the German club too by scoring 35 goals in 65 appearances.
The Croatian is an efficient striker and is also versatile as he can play through the center, which is his primary position, but also on both the wings. He stands at 6 ft 2 in and can operate in limited space inside the box; he’s a threat both in the air and on the ground and he’s technical enough to play in a deeper role if needed.
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The Gunners have limited options up front as it is and recent injuries to Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner have exaggerated the issue and going by the fact that Wenger prefers to use Walcott and Lukas Podolski in wider areas leaves Arsenal short on central striking options and will definitely need to bring in reinforcements.
He has the physical stature that would lend itself well to life in the Premier League, he can easily adjust to the 4-2-3-1 formation and would add another dimension to Arsenal’s attacking game.
Our preference should be more on acquiring someone who can make a difference in the title race this season but it remains to be seen whether Wenger will loan someone for the short term or make a big name capture this month itself should someone come available. But Mandzukic would be an excellent coup in the summer.