Marica has been linked with a host of clubs in recent days, including Shakhtar Donetsk and Serie A duo Inter Milan and Lazio.
His agent has confirmed that the Romanian striker who is available for nothing after leaving Schalke at the end of his contract in the summer is closing in on a move to the Premier League.
Speaking to Prosport.ro, he said:
Marica is a really great striker who has already got experience in western European football and so it’s natural that big clubs are eyeing his career.
He’s close to joining Arsenal, but we have to wait for the next week.
Marica was on target when Romania defeated Hungary on Friday night and will again be leading the line when they take on Turkey in a crucial World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night. The north London club tried to sign Demba Ba on loan from Chelsea but Jose Mourinho scuppered the move at the last minute.
The Romanian has made 63 appearances at international level, scoring 22 goals in the process. He has spent the last six years in the Bundesliga following spells with Dinamo Bucuresti and Shakhtar Donetsk, played a largely peripheral role at Schalke last season and notched up 68 goals in 330 games in his playing career at club level.
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Marica sounds like a decent player and has an impressive international record. A record of a goal every three games at international level is not to be sniffed at. He has even been handed the national award of a “Meritual Sportiv” to recognize his achievements. However his club career has been decidedly less impressive as his best form was produced in a three year spell at Shakhtar Donetsk. Since then, he has gone on to be a squad player at Vfb Stuttgart and Schalke 04.
Arsenal have been keen to find cover for striker Olivier Giroud but have failed to sign anyone in the transfer window, and view Marica as a viable option on a free transfer. He is currently not attached to any club, he can sign for a new team even though the transfer window is closed, which will appeal to Wenger as he looks to add a little more depth to his squad.
With Yaya Sanogo and Bendtner being the only strikers available at the moment any new addition will be welcomed as it would mean we will have adequate back up on the bench, although he wont be expected to directly compete with Giroud for starting role. It will be very interesting to see if Marica does end up at the Emirates.
Should we sign him?. What are your thoughts?