Emirates Stadium boss keen on Etihad Stadium striker.
Arsenal are reportedly monitoring Man City forward Edin Dzeko as Arsene Wenger scouts possible attacking additions this summer. The Bosnian international has not been a regular starter at the Etihad Stadium and has been linked with a move away from the title chasers which has led to the Gunners boss considering making a bid for the 26 year old.
The 6ft 4in former Wolfsburg striker cost Man City £27m when he arrived from the Bundesliga in January 2010 and has struggled to hold down a spot in Roberto Mancini’s starting eleven. Dzeko has made 39 Premier League appearances, of which 17 have come from the bench, and netted a healthy total of 15 in the process.
However Mancini appears to favour Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli and the return of Carlos Tevez may well add another barrier to Dzeko’s progress, hence the apparent interest of a number of club’s on the continent, said to include the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Juventus.
Arsene Wenger may well be looking to bring in alternative striking alternatives and having seen Dzeko score relatively freely could see the Man City man as a possible partner up front for Robin Van Persie. Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho have failed to offer goal-scoring support to their club captain and the North London side will surely be looking to remedy that situation when the transfer window re-opens.
The Gunners have been strongly linked with a proposed move for German international Lukas Podolski but the Koln man may be considered as a wide-option, a role the 26 year old often effectively fills on national team duty.
Given that Arsenal have sold Man City a number of players in recent seasons, including Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri, Kolo Toure and Gael Clichy, perhaps Wenger may feel he could lure a player to move in the opposite direction and Dzeko may feel he needs to move in order to secure regular first team football.
Arsene Wenger was heavily linked with interest in Dzeko when he was at Wolfsburg and a move for the Man City man, though no doubt expensive, could be a wise one to consider.