Do Arsenal really need Edin Dzeko?

Arsenal’s faltering pursuit of Luis Suarez has lead them to reignite their interest in Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko.

According to reports, the Gunners are considering the 27-year-old Bosnian along with Swansea’s top scoring Spaniard Michu as possible alternatives to Luis Suarez after Liverpool maintained their stance that the Uruguayan is not for sale.

Dzeko only arrived at the Etihad in 2011 for a fee of £27 million from Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg. He failed to cement his place in former manager Roberto Mancini’s side in his first term but impressed last season with his 23 goals and 12 assists in all competitions.

He has been linked in recent months with a potential move back to the Bundesliga but presently it appears he is set to remain at Manchester City.

However, the player has yet to receive assurances from new manager Manuel Pellegrini that he will gain access to regular first-team starts with fierce competition for places up front from new signings Alvaro Negredo, and Stevan Jovetic along with Sergio Aguero.

Back in North London, currently Arsenal’s only recognized out-and-out centre forward is last summer’s signing Olivier Giroud with 20-year-old youngster Yaya Sanogo also coming in on a free transfer from Auxerre.

One of the few subjects Arsenal fans agree on in perfect harmony is their desire for a world-class striker to come in and genuinely replace the void left in the squad by Robin van Persie last summer.

Links to Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain who eventually signed for Napoli make perfect sense – both players are exceptionally technically skilled, intelligent and dynamic forwards that would represent a different option entirely to a striker like Giroud.

The Frenchman is also skilled but he is more of a traditional number 9, a target man in many ways and whilst his finishing is very good (and looking better all the time) he is not the kind of deep-lying forward who likes to influence the build-up play of attacking phases.

Giroud is more of a poacher who works well in the air and with his back to goal, capable of holding up the ball and bringing his teammates in to help him. He did rack up 12 assists in all competitions last term but he best deployed as tradition centre-forward.

Dzeko, meanwhile, is actually a very similar player to the Frenchman. The 27-year-old City man in an imposing 6ft4” tall, strong in the air, powerful in the box and is a number 9 in every capacity. He is closer to Giroud in his style and quality than either of them are to a player likes Van Persie or Suarez.

With that in mind, it’s hard to see the necessity for a striker like Edin Dzeko at Arsenal when they already have a fantastic option that is very similar in Giroud and what they really lack is that magic that players like the departed Dutchman offer on a regular basis.

The quality and control and audacity of a player like Suarez is exactly the kind of option they need at present as they head into the new season – they have fantastic widemen and attacking midfielders with the quality, intelligence and ability to feed a player like Suarez the opportunities he needs to score and they have goals all throughout the first-team that he could also contribute towards.

Bringing in a player like Edin Dzeko would make either the Bosnian or his French counterpart redundant half the time – a player like Suarez could combine and interact to great effect with either of them and that is kind of forward Arsenal should be in the market for. In that respect, Michu would be a far wiser option, as an alternative to Luis Suarez – Edin Dzeko is not what Arsenal need.

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