Should Arsenal, Tottenham or Chelsea have gone for £17 million 112 goals in 172 games striker?

Mario Gomez is on the verge of a switch to Fiorentina. Should Arsenal, Chelsea, or Tottenham have made a bid?

Arsenal have been trying ever since the season ended to sign a game-changing striker.

Gonzalo Higuain, Stevan Jovetic and controversially Luis Suarez are names they have been linked with, but so far to no avail.

Meanwhile elsewhere in Europe, Fiorentina are poised to complete the signing of Mario Gomez from Bayern Munich, it has been confirmed in the past few hours.

The fee for the striker is said to have the potential to reach £17 million, with £13 million of that paid up front and the rest conditional on performance targets.

When the words 'value for money' are thrown around, Gomez' transfer will certainly fit into that category, cheaper initially than Andy Carroll who the Star even linked Arsenal with making a late enquiry for.

There is a reason Arsenal should look at Gomez and wonder if they should have been concentrating their attention on him, and that is the fact he has signed for a club who do not play Champions League football, nor who are particularly well off financially in terms of being able to pay huge wages.

Arsenal may well have been able to make a better offer.

A look at Gomez' goals record makes pleasant reading, netting 112 goals in 172 games for Bayern Munich. He bagged 19 this season despite missing the first few months with injury.

It was the 2011/12 campaign where he really showed what he could do, scoring 41 goals in all competitions, including 12 in 12 Champions League games.

Bayern's new approach under Pep Guardiola and present preference for Mario Mandzukic has forced out the player, who turns 28 this week, who is at the peak of his powers.

This is no  'over-the-hill' striker, Gomez is a year younger than Robin van Persie was when Arsenal sold him last summer, and has the potential to be at the top of his game if healthy for several seasons yet. Indeed his physical presence is conducive to a type of striker who will likely score regularly well into his 30s, as Claudio Pizarro has been proving at Bayern this season when called upon.

There are a number of Premier League sides who should be looking at Fiorentina's transfer and wondering what if, not just Arsenal, but rivals Tottenham and Chelsea.

Tottenham have seemingly been wasting their time pursuing David Villa, who sealed a move to Atletico Madrid earlier today, while Leandro Damiao remains as likely and unlikely as ever conversely. 

Gomez was an affordable player who clearly did not base his decision on Champions League football, and the chance to align him with Gareth Bale could have been an astute one, certainly a preferable option to Jermain Defoe or Emmanuel Adebayor.

And then there is Chelsea, who have the funds to go bigger, but options like Roberto Lewandowski and Edinson Cavani are slipping away from them, and like Arsenal, they may just regret not considering a cheaper yet just as prolific striker who seems set to tear up Serie A next season with Fiorentina.

Should your club have gone for Gomez? Let us know your views...

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