Versatile attacker Mario Mandzukic, 28, a player who netted 21 goals and provided six assists from 40 appearances in combined Bundesliga and Champions League appearances, has "no future" at current employer Bayern Munich, according to a recent report in Bild.
The player reportedly has a relationship with Pep Guardiola as fractious as the former Barcelona boss endured when he coached Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who can be as hotheaded as he is technically brilliant.
And his potential availability in the summer market has alerted Arsenal, themselves desperate to sign a competent and experienced forward who is capable of relieving Olivier Giroud of the sole goal-scoring burden at the Emirates Stadium next season.
The player has even issued a come-and-get-me plea, of sorts, as Mandzukic is quoted by Croatia newspaper Sportske Novost to have said: "I want to leave Bayern".
Bundesliga and German football expert Jan Aage Fjortoft, who was fundamental to the early reporting of Mesut Ozil's record-breaking switch from Real Madrid to Arsenal last summer said: "Arsenal - this is your chance to get a class striker!"
He added: "Mandzukic will score more goals [than Giroud]. In this tight market Arsenal must go for Mandzukic if he is available, if not, then fans may overestimate their pulling power."