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Mario BalotelliLast season The Gunners were surprisingly short in centre-forward options. Bringing Alexis Sanchez in will help (in a major way) but it may not be enough. What if Sanchez or their other centre-forward, Olivier Giroud get injured? Arsenal will be forced to turn to players like Yaya Sanogo.

It’s not ideal, is it?

It’s not like there aren’t good options out there available at a bargain price. The Gunners have been linked to AC Milan’s world-class centre-forward Mario Balotelli for the last few months. Surely it’s time for them to start wrapping this deal up?

According to The Metro, AC Milan are keen to part ways with Mario Balotelli and are willing to sell him to Arsenal in a cut-price deal. It’s thought that he’d cost just £7.9m, providing The Gunners are willing to chuck in Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell as part of the package.

I have to say, this looks like an excellent deal for The Gunners. Campbell started the World Cup extremely well, but faded as the competition went on. It’s also worth noting that he’s thus far been unable to break into the Arsenal team, having been sent out on loan 3 times.

Whilst he looked pretty good at Olympiacos last year, it’s not clear that he’s good enough to crack this Arsenal side. At 22-years-old, is he really ready to compete with players like Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott?

Mario Balotelli, on the other hand, should be able to provide Olivier Giroud with a decent amount of competition. Balotelli’s a lot quicker than Giroud and he’s also got a good goal-scoring record. Since moving to AC Milan two summers ago, he’s found the back of the net 30 times in 54 games.

He’s also got Premier League experience, so shouldn’t take long to adapt to his new surroundings. With all this in mind, I can’t help but feel that Arsenal would be foolish to pass this opportunity up. They’d be a lot more competitive with Balotelli in their squad next season.

What’s your take? What does the future hold for Joel Campbell? Should The Gunners be chasing Mario Balotelli?

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31 comments

  • Sitting bull Ngwu says:

    Don’t sell him.Buy khedira or carvalho and we are good

  • Stanley kinzeh says:

    Cambell have a great future than Mario B.we wii paid de cash and avoid players exchange.

  • Abiogbe Gilbert says:

    We dont need distability in the dressroom, Ballo’ is a mafia, our boys are well behaved lads. Come to think of it, can you dare leave Ballo on D bench for three games? he will wooze Wenger with a killer punch. Gilberto

  • olutayo olalekan says:

    This is a guy we haven’t giving a chance, and we keep on saying he should be sold. Balo is likely to bring instability to the team. Joel is a promising player. See our he plays at the world cup. He his ready than sanogo. I prefer sanogo going

  • israel says:

    Mario is a great player no doubts, but his off field behaviour is just too unprofessional. Also he will bring dis unity in our dressing room. And finally he may not agree to play to wenger’s plans. Think of it, if he is the best, why will AC milan want to offload him so quickly.

  • Godfirst Chibuzor says:

    For me balotllie is good.becos he we give you what you want in pitch.if pleyer is bad and win cup for you ..which one do like well. yes balotllie is mafia i love that.and that what meker he to be hard striker to getgoal well.he is our man

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