The good, the bad and the ugly of Arsenal's World Cup striker targets

Mario Mandzukic Bayern

Arsenal are strongly believed to be looking for a new striker this summer, with three of them playing at this summer's World Cup.

Frenchman Olivier Giroud struggled to cope with the workload up front on his own all season, with the Gunners now surely set to splash out to bring a big name striker to North London. Three of those are currently at the World Cup, but they've all had very differing results so far. Here's how the three strikers have fared in Brazil, from the good, to the bad, to the ugly.

The good - Mario Mandzukic

Suspended for Croatia's opening group stage match with Brazil having been sent off in the qualifying playoffs against Iceland, Mandzukic returned with a bang as Croatia demolished Cameroon 4-0 in Manaus. The Bayern man hit two goals in a superb display for Niko Kovac's men, now setting up a winner-takes-all situation against Mexico on Monday as both sides look to get out of Group A. Mandzukic, 27, will almost certainly leave Bayern Munich this summer, and having seen him impress for Croatia this summer, Wenger should be even more tempted to make a bid for the striker he's been repeatedly linked with.

The bad - Wilfried Bony

Swansea's Bony ended the season in fine form, virtually keeping Garry Monk's side in the Premier League single handedly. Then, against Japan in the opening Group C encounter, Ivory Coast boss Sabri Lamouchi surprisingly gave Bony the nod up top on his own over the iconic Didier Drogba. Whilst Bony did get on the scoresheet in that game, he's missed a number of fairly simple chances against both Japan and Colombia, leading to Drogba's introduction in both games - not what the £20m-valued striker will have wanted from his maiden World Cup experience.

The ugly - Jackson Martinez

Colombia were dealt a blow when Falcao was ruled out of the World Cup through injury, but fortunately they had a great replacement ready in Porto's Jackson Martinez - or so we thought. The 27-year-old has been prolific for Porto over the last two seasons and had been suggested as a top target for Arsenal as a result, but his World Cup has been poor so far. River Plate's Teofilo Gutierrez has been given the starting role up front for Colombia, limiting Martinez to just one substitute appearance against Greece - raising questions over his ability to compete at the highest level.

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