Arsenal Close In On £9m Goal Machine, Starlet Set for Move, Bergkamp Nutmegs Song!

Wenger is desperate to bring a striker to the Emirates, will this one do?

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Sports News - November 07, 2008

Arsenal Keen On Croatian Striker Mario Mandzukic
Arsene Wenger’s hunt for a new striker has reportedly led him to Croatia and Dinamo Zagreb forward Mario Mandzukic, accroding to the Mail on Sunday.

Despite Chelsea’s 7-2 drubbing of Sunderland yesterday, the Gunners remain the Premier League’s top-scorers but are still looking to bolster their offensive options following Robin van Persie’s ankle injury.
With Nicklas Bendtner also currently sidelined, Wenger’s options up-front have been limited, with Andrey Arshavin and Eduardo appearing to be his most potent options.

However, he could now be set to make a move for Mandzukic with the Mail on Sunday claiming Arsenal have been watching the 23-year-old, who ironically was bought by Dinamo as a replacement for Eduardo.

The report also claims the north London club are not completly convinced by the striker, and Wenger himself has admitted that finding a quality forward is a difficult task.

He said: “I am thinking about signing a striker but I must confess I am not close to doing anything because I do not find a player who can convince me.” (

This guy scores goals for fun in Croatia, much as Eduardo did before he moved to the Emirates, but would a move for Mario Mandzukic be a sensible one? The 23 year old has no top level experience so could be seen as something of a risky signing but at the same time Arsenal are looking to boost their attacking line up with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger stating clearly he wants to make up for his lack of striking options.

The £9m rated Croatian international is as good an alternative to other reported potential additions like Lacine Traore, but many Arsenal fans appear to be hoping for an established frontman to arrive with the likes of French International Andre Pierre Gignac being high up on many Emirates fans wishlist.

Arsene Wenger has ruled out letting Jack Wilshere join FC Twente as Bolton Wanderers prepare to discuss a loan deal for the Arsenal midfielder.

Gunners boss Wenger is keen to send Wilshere out on loan during the second half of the season to build up the teenager’s first-team experience.

Dutch outfit Twente, who are coached by former England boss Steve McClaren, have been linked with a move for the 18-year-old.

However, while Wenger is aware of rumours of a possible move to Holland, he is keen for Wilshere to stay closer to home.

“I’ve heard Twente are interested, but I would prefer Jack to play in the Premier League,” said Wenger.

“It is easier for us to observe him and come to the conclusion that he is ready to play for us next year.” (Sky Sports)

This makes good sense. Its far better for Jack to get a feel for the English game and at Bolton he should toughen up as a midfielder and I have no doubt in time he will be a fantastic servant for the club for many years to come.

To end with we have a video doing the rounds is this one showing that Dennis Bergkamp may be retired but he still has what it takes to make first team regulars look like fools. Watch as the Arsenal legend perfectly nutmegs Alex Song.

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