Mario Mandzukic on his way to the Emirates?


With transfer rumours still flying around and Arsenal being told repeatedly they need a better striker than Giroud if they are to challenge for the EPL title again, it is no surprise that we have been linked with a late bid for Atletico’s unsettled forward Mario Mandzukic; but how likely is a move before the January transfer deadline?

Mandzukic has only been at Atletico for the last half a season, after joining from Bayern Munich in the summer as the club tried their best to replace the goals of Diego Costa who’s goals had fired them to the La Liga title and the Champions League final, but he has stuttered with only 8 goals so far this season in the league.

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He is also falling behind Fernando Torres in the eyes of the faithful fans in Madrid, after they welcomed back their homegrown hero who also looks to be rediscovering something close to his previous best form. Madzukic may be looking to other teams if he can’t get regular football in Spain’s capital, however I do think this story is simply being drummed up because we were linked to him in the summer transfer window as well.

I have said repeatedly that Arsenal will not go big in the January transfer window, and despite the Metro reporting this transfer story I think Madzukic is staying at Atletico.

Wenger also gave this statement regarding any more transfer activity (from bbc):

"Reporter: “Will you do any transfer business before the end of the window?”Wenger: “If I wake up in the morning, somebody stands in front of my door and is an exceptional player, we will open the door. But it looks very unlikely now.”Reporter: “It looks very unlikely?”Wenger: “I can give you my address if you want.”Reporter: “Is there an area where you need to strengthen?”Wenger: “Look, number-wise, we look all right now – and quality-wise as well.”"

I think that pretty much settles it no? Manzukic is a good player but there really isn’t much call for him in the squad given that he is not a World Beater. What do you guys think?

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