Would Mario Balotelli really be a good fit for Arsenal?

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Mario BalotelliAs Arsenal huffed and puffed and failed to blow Manchester United’s house down during their Wednesday night clash, it soon became comically clear just how much Arsenal need another striker.

Olivier Giroud had yet another one of his quiet games and at one stage in the second half failed to connect with a Bacary Sagna cross that many more sprightly strikers would have converted.

The big Frenchman looks a bit knackered and has become less and less effective as the season has dragged on. Despite this, Arsene Wenger often seems reluctant to replace him. He just doesn’t seem to trust in the likes of Nicklas Bendtner or Yaya Sanogo. He doesn’t even trust Lukas Podolski a highly experienced German international.

Why Arsene Wenger didn’t purchase another striker during the January transfer window is beyond me. Hopefully he’ll choose to right this wrong when the window re-opens.

This brings me to a rather bizarre story run by The Metro which suggests Arsenal are preparing a £25m bid for AC Milan striker and footballing bad boy, Mario Balotelli.

Interestingly enough, they also suggest that the Gunners’ sponsor, Puma, could help fund the transfer (have you ever heard of that happening before?) and that Arsene Wenger has already met the player’s agent. If either of these claims are true, then this a transfer story that’s already gathering steam.

We all remember Mario Balotelli from his tumultuous time at Manchester City. Yes, he fell out with Roberto Mancini, but he also managed to score 17 goals in 32 games back in 2011/12. Since moving to Milan, he’s continued to find the back of the net on a regular basis scoring 25 goals in 39 games.

He’s not just a troublesome young talent anymore. He’s a fully-fledged professional footballer, who’s confident in front of goal, has real pedigree and has played for some of the best clubs in the world. Could he be about to add Arsenal to that list?

Since moving to Serie A, Balotelli has suffered more than his fair share of racial abuse (not that there is a ‘fair share’, of this type of thing). Could this be enough to tempt him to move back to the Premier League? Would Arsene Wenger be able to manage him effectively?

If anybody can, it’s Wenger. The man has bags of experience and has earned the respect of many of world football’s greatest players. Arsenal are in need at the moment and Balotelli could be the right man for the job.

What’s your take? Could Arsenal really be interested in Mario Balotelli?

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