The biggest indication Arsene Wenger is up for the Mario Balotelli challenge came 12 months ago

Mario Balotelli -  San Siro, Milan, Italy

Arsene Wenger's pursuit of Luis Suarez last summer showed he is not afraid of a challenge.

Arsenal are in pursuit of Italian striker Mario Balotelli, viewing the controversial Italian as an answer to their striking prayers.

There is no denying Balotelli's talent, but the fact the tabloids would love him even more than the fans would - come as the only red flag behind a possible £25 million deal.

He would be a player like nobody who Arsene Wenger has managed before, a real maverick who supporters and the opposition simply cannot predict.

Man-managing the striker would be a tall order, but Arsene Wenger has already given an indication he is not afraid of such a challenge.

That came last summer in fact, when Arsenal pursued Luis Suarez of Liverpool, identifying him as the key man to lead their attack.

Liverpool stood firm, but AC Milan are thought to be less likely to stand in the way of their top striker, at a point of transition themselves.

Suarez is a player with a roll of shame on-the-pitch worse than anything Balotelli has caused. In fact the Italian's biggest controversies have come off it.

Arsenal struck out last summer, but this time Arsene Wenger has a chance to sign a younger player in Balotelli, but one who is no less talented.

With Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott in the side with him, there is no limit to what the striker could achieve with Arsenal.

The questions about his temperament will remain, but the fact Wenger pursued Suarez so determinedly last summer, indicates that taking on a big challenge is something he is ready to embrace when it comes to Balotelli, not shy away from.

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