There are viable transfer targets, and then there are all-but-impossible ones. An example of the latter is Arsenal’s attempt to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool last summer. While an example of the former is Mario Mandzukic.
The Bayern Munich forward is almost certainly on his way in the summer, with the imminent arrival of Robert Lewandowski leaving the prolific Croatian surplus to requirements at the Allianz Arena.
In light of that, a whole host of clubs have been linked with the 27-year-old, including the Gunners.
Saturday’s 5-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool showed what can happen when your creative players have an off-day.
Neither Mesut Ozil nor Olivier Giroud had a game to remember at Anfield and Arsene Wenger will surely look to strengthen his front-line at the end of the current campaign.
Shortly after Arsenal and Liverpool kicked off, Bayern began their match away to Nurnberg, ultimately winning 2-0.
Mandzukic scored the first after 18 minutes and set up the second for Philipp Lahm four minutes after the interval.
So if Pep Guardiola really does feel he can do without the striker next season – a player who has now netted 15 goals and set up another six in this campaign – Wenger should seriously consider making a move.
It could make days like the one he experienced at Anfield a distant memory rather than an oft-repeated nightmare.
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