£4.9m summer Arsenal striker target scores first goal for new club

Josip Drmic Close Up

Josip Drmic has scored his first goal since swapping Nurnberg for Bayer Leverkusen.

This summer a battle waged for the transfer of Switzerland international striker Josip Drmic. He was in great form in the Bundesliga last term for FC Nurnberh, scoring 17 goals, placing him behind only the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Mario Mandzukic.

When Nurnberg suffered relegation, the chase hotted up to bring him in. He was heavily linked with several Premier League clubs over the course of summer including the likes of West Ham and Everton.

However it was Arsenal who seemed most keen to snap up the Swiss attacker. With this relegation also came a release fee, believed to be in the region of five million euros - so no wonder Arsenal were interested.

A bargain who bags goals for fun, not a bad option.

But even though German ex-pro turned pundit Lothar Matthaus kept assuring everyone that it was a done deal - that was not the case.

Leverkusen announced on their official website in June that Drmic had signed a contract to stay at the BayArena until 2019 - in a deal said to be worth just £4.9m.

And now he has started to pay off that price-tag. Drmic scored his first goal for the club this afternoon. He bagged a goal in the 29th minute at the Volkswagen Arena to put a ten-man Leverkusen level with VfL Wolfsburg at 1-1.

Goal Drmić [ Wolfsburg 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen... by Bundes2014

In the end the numbers told, as the home side romped to a 4-1 victory. But Drmic will be pleased to finally get off the mark for his new club, and will hope to show Arsenal what they are missing throughout the campaign.

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