Arsenal are reportedly weighing up a January move for Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic, according to reports in Daily Mirror.
The 27 year old has has been in great form and has bagged 10 goals in 16 Bundesliga outings, but has found Guardiola opting to play Thomas Muller or Mario Gotze in the false 9 striking role instead and he’s going to drop further down the pecking order when Robert Lewandowski arrives in the summer.
The report states that Mandzukic has fallen out of favour with Pep Guardiola, after being openly criticised for a lack of enthusiasm in training which resulted in his omission from last night’s squad for the 2-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach.
Mario remains under contract with Bayern Munich until 2016, but there have been suggestions that Guardiola is ready to part ways with the striker and president Beckenbauer too dropped a major hint that the striker’s time at the Allianz Arena is up.
“I see Lewandowski in the attack, his playing style is suited for (Pep) Guardiola’s ideas than that of Manduzkic,” the Bayern legend told Daily Star.
“There are even more reasons why he could leave – even without him, Guardiola could still count on Thomas Mueller and Mario Goetze in attack.”
Arsene Wenger is keen to add a new striker to his squad in an attempt to strengthen Arsenal’s Premier League title push and might be inclined to make an offer to take him permanently or on loan for the rest of the season.
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. He would be a superb signing and if we could pull it off then I think he will be an upgrade on Olivier Giroud.
Do you want him at the Emirates?