The one Group A star Arsenal should sign after the World Cup

Mario Mandzukic Bayern

The World Cup group stage is almost over, and many players have caught the eye with their impressive displays ahead of the transfer window.

Group A has seen Brazil coast to qualification as group winners as Neymar has run riot, whilst Mexico edged out Croatia on Monday night to take second spot – level on points with Luiz Felipe Scolari's side. Croatia can count themselves somewhat unlucky to be going home, but Cameroon's campaign was simply atrocious from start to finish with calamitous defending and infighting aplenty.

There have been many impressive performances in Group A – from Luiz Gustavo's relentless protection of the Brazilian back four to Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa's sensational display against Brazil for Mexico, but whilst both have previously been linked with Arsenal, the Gunners should look to sign a different Group A star.

Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic missed the first game through suspension, but returned with a bang against Cameroon, notching two typical goals for the Bayern Munich hitman. The first, Mandzukic was powerful and dominant in the air to thump a header past Charles Itandje, before he capitalised on a parry from the Cameroon goalkeeper to tap into the empty net.

Against Mexico, the 28-year-old was largely starved of service – something he surely wouldn't suffer from at Arsenal. Mandzukic is widely tipped to leave Bayern Munich this summer having reportedly fallen out with boss Pep Guardiola, and whilst a move to former club Wolfsburg has been suggested, the Gunners will no doubt be watching.

Arsene Wenger must add a striker this summer having watched Olivier Giroud struggle to carry the workload all season, and whilst they pose a similar threat in the air, Mandzukic would bring proven quality from the Bundesliga, the Champions League and the World Cup – and strikers like him aren't available often, meaning Arsenal should pull out all the stops to convince Mandzukic to sign for them.

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