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Who is Arsenal's latest Bundesliga target Josip Drmic?

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Josip Drmic has been linked with a move to the Gunners in recent days as the club's striker hunt takes its latest twist but just who is he?


With Arsenal fans desperately hoping for some sort of upgrade on Olivier Giroud this summer to bolster their forward ranks, they will surely be disappointed with news the club are eyeing struggling 1. FC Nuremberg's Josip Drmic to answer their goalscoring problems.

Arsenal have remained in the title race thanks to a much-improved defensive display this term but their attacking play has suffered as a result, having scored less than each of their fellow rivals in the top four.

Giroud's travails against top-level opposition have been one of the central reasons behind Arsenal's poor run of results in the 'big' games. 

But what Gunners fans will want to know is whether or not Drmic is the answer to those problems or not, with the hope they can attract a bona fide world class frontman perhaps about to be undone by the arrival of a relative unknown.

1) Bundesliga sensation

The name Drmic may not set Gunners fans' pulses racing, but they should become aware of his goalscoring talents before being quick to judge.

The Swiss striker has plundered 11 goals in 23 appearances this season for his club side after a summer switch to the Bundesliga and has taken the division by storm.

2) Zürich exploits

Drmic's form should not surprise those who have tracked his progress further back than this season. During his final season at FC Zürich in Switzerland, he struck 13 in 31 league games and 19 overall in 39 appearances in his final season for the club.

It was enough to attract the attention of Nuremberg and his continued form at a superior level may be enough to convince Wenger and Arsenal of his talents.

3) International pedigree

Drmic has also appeared for Switzerland, his country, garnering five caps and scoring two goals in those games to impress his suitors still further.

He was a member of their Olympics squad in London and has also appeared internationally at under-19 and under-21 level - where he struck six in 11 - to boot.

4) Croatian descent

The prolific hitman also has Croatian heritage despite being born in Lachen, Switzerland.

He could have selected either nation to play for and the irony runs deeper after he plundered both of his full international goals against the Croats in a 2-2 draw earlier this month.

5) Release clause

Should struggling Nuremberg - not for the want of trying on Drmic's part - be relegated this season, Drmic has a clause within his contract which permits him to leave for around £4.2m.

The respected website transfermarkt.co.uk values the forward at £5.8m and the knock-down fee would therefore represent a bargain, something Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger loves. His versatility should also appeal to the Frenchman, given his ability to play on either flank as well as down the middle, a facet to his game which has helped him produce three assists this season.

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