According to reports, Arsenal are interested in signing Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic as the Gunners’ search for a striker continues. The Croatian striker, who is likely to find first team football hard to come by next season, following the arrival of Robert Lewandowski on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund. The Bavarian giants have sounded £20 million for the striker who fell out with Pep Guardolia towards the end of last season. He has also been linked to other German clubs notably, Wolfsburg.
However, many have called into question Arsenal’s link to the Croatian hit man. With the assertion that he is very similar to Oliver Giroud. In terms of the fact that both of them lack pace to move away from defenders. He is however two footed and strong in the air, something the Frenchman lacks.
The lumbering nature of Oliver Giroud has angered fans within the Gunner sphere. And getting a striker that fits the same bill, will certainly not amount to an ungraded over the Frenchman. Although, his ability to hold the ball and win aerial duels are the same things Oliver Giroud is good at.
The club needs a different kind of player in the final third. A mobile striker, who can conjure up something out of nothing, a player adept at playing the high tempo game, one, who can take on players at pace. These are qualities that both Oliver Giroud and Mario Mandzukic distinctively lack in their armory.
They both had similar goal returns last season for Arsenal and Bayern Munich respectively, despite the midfield behind them. The Croatian had 18 Bundesliga goals in 30 appearances last season, with just four assist, while Oliver Giroud on the other hand, scored 16 Premier League goals in 36 appearances with 8 assist. It further shows that they are both average at best and their goals to chance ratio is on the low side.
Arsene Wenger is well aware that his team needs an injection of pace up front and moving for the Croatian will not aid that cause, going by the retinue of pace, Mario Mandzukic is not what the club needs up front. As it will be wrong for Arsenal to use a Renault 2.0 to complement a Renault 2.1. If anything the club should be aiming to bring in is a Ferrari style player, who can strike fear into the opposition by his pace alone. And not a player who lacks the required technique and nous to change things at the Emirates.