The £27m solution to Arsenal’s striking problem?

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dzekotrainingEdin Dzeko has now surely earned his place amongst the Premier League’s most underrated players. It’s a dubious honour for any footballer to earn, but there’s no doubting his often unappreciated talent.

Yes, he joined Manchester City with a hefty price-tag, but high levels of competition upfront, combined with his perceived lack of versatility, have seen him kept on the sidelines when he should be out there scoring goals for fun.

Whilst Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero have quick feet, bags of technique and the confidence to take players on, Dzeko is more direct – more of a straight-up goal-scorer. I’d argue that if Manchester City had relied more on this type of player this season, they’d have given Sir Alex a better run for his money. Surely his 14 goals this season are evidence of this?

As it is, Roberto Mancini doesn’t seem to recognise a good thing when it’s presented to him. But maybe Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will.

The Gunners haven’t been able to properly replace Robin Van Persie since he left last summer. They lack a dynamic presence in front of goal. Somebody who looks dangerous whenever they recieve the ball.

The likes of Gervinho and Olivier Giroud are inconsistent to say the least. Whilst both have scored a decent number of goals this season, you’re never quite sure what’s going to happen with the ball at their feet. And please don’t ask Giroud to take on defenders – he’s just not up for the task.

Bringing in a new recruit has become essential and Dzeko, City’s unappreciated goal-scoring genius could be just the man. The Express claim that Arsenal are weighing up a move for Bosnian, who has grown tired of his ‘super sub’ moniker.

Dzeko cost City £27m. As they haven’t fully utilised him, it’s unlikely they’ll look to recoup all that cost, but the Express says that they’ll try. If Arsenal can drive down his price-tag, I’d argue that he would be a good signing.

He’s not a player with Robin Van Persie-like levels of skill, but he’s the kind of player Arsenal need. With a midfield crammed full of talent, all they need now is a player who can get on the end of things and tuck the ball away.

What’s your take? Would you like to see Edin Dzeko swap the Etihad for the Emirates?

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  • Carlos says:

    Striking problem? We have scored the second most goals in the league under Manure. What is this bs striking problem?

  • uche says:

    please wenger! Try and get dzeko for us infact fans will be happy to see him at emirate.

  • Abbey says:

    Dzeko wil be a gud buy if prof.can break d bank 4 him.

  • robin says:

    no-way-in-hell! He was complaining that he wasn’t starting games, and when you look at his performances when he started, he didn’t do all that much, hence why he was used so frequently as a sub! I would hate to see us waste £27m on him! 27!? haha….hahahahaha! no way! We could get Remy for £6m and Weimann for less than £20m together! 2 players I rate v.highly. But saying that, still think we can do better than Remy, although he is ridiculously skillful on the ball, more so than when i last saw him for Marseille. but dzeko will end up going to Dortmund with Lewandowski going to man utd or a top European side

  • tope says:

    I think he well be a good player coz he does not get playing time at his club n he ll get it at arsenafc.

  • RONNIE says:

    I go to every Man City game and Edin has had a fair crack this season and he has been very disappointing , weak and slow, i cannot believe this report, obviously he does not watch Edin very much.

  • Abdiraska says:

    At Emirates, he’ll be another chamach, bcos of the way arsenal plays. Gunner4eva.

  • farko says:

    edin is one of the best strikers in europe,and mancini doesn’t use him properly,an I hope wenger wouuld take him.he scored 60+ goals for wolsburg and has decent record at MC for time he played,also he is the leading gl.scorer in WC qualifiers!!

  • Simon Sorokos says:

    Agree with Abdiraska, Arsenal just simply not suited to this kind of player. We need someone with high technical ability (i.e. Henry, RVP). Giroud done a great job since coming in and tbh i’ve been more than surprised that he hasn’t completely flopped, but that said, if Arsenal want to even think about catching up to United and City then a top quality striker (i.e. Stefan Jovetic) has to be first on the list, followed by a holding midfielder as a long term replacement for ageing Arteta (i.e. Javi Garcia, if he’s available) and a world class, proven centre back (i.e. Hummels). Obviously this is very optimistic and we’ve got as much hope of attracting Hummels as Terry Connor does of luring Messi to Ipswich, but the point stands, Arsenal need quality – not to waste £27 million on a 27 year old benchwarmer not suited to our style of play.

  • gerry says:

    What does 70million get these days will the board free up the money first of all what about a pree session in Ireland sometime massive support always was always will be

  • mutua says:

    we shall not buy him

  • Jay Bin Shik0bama says:

    He is a good striker and better than all Arsenal current two strikers but i don’t believe in a three left footed strikers system. i would prefer a striker that can use both feets to put the ball behind the net. e.g. Benzema or Jovetic or cavari etc

  • ephson says:

    dzeko is a good player and should wenger sign him with jovetic, arsenal will take threeple 2013/14 season…gunners4ever!!

  • maclean moyo says:

    I agree with the article, Edin Dzeko is a necessity for Arsenal. Giroud might be good at shielding and heading the ball, but give him a one-on-one with the worst defender or goalkeeper, he can’t beat him. Giroud only thrives in a crowded box but his number of clearcut missed chances is too much to bear! Get Dzeko and stop wasting time with so called “weighing an offer”. What’s there to weigh? He is an EPL striker of repute, and don’t wait for Juve to offer first and then start looking all over again!!! Wenger just do it man!!!

  • Nasr Alayo says:

    Arsene should grab this talented striker on time & stop giving failure Giroud undeserved chance.

  • anthony says:

    First i must say this Arsenal football club is the envy of the league the rest of the clubs dont sell players to us but always want our players i dont think we will get Edin Roberto Mancini is afraid Arsene will get him up to par and he will come back to haunt them

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