Report: Arsenal lead the queue in bid to sign Atletico Madrid star

Arsenal are reportedly back in for striker Mario Mandzukic.

According to reports in the Daily Star, Arsenal are back in the hunt for striker Mario Mandzukic after an alleged falling-out has occurred in the Spanish capital.

The Gunners were said to be in for the Croatian international last summer when it became apparent his future lay away from former club Bayern Munich, as reported by the Express in July.

But it was La Liga champions Atletico Madrid who won the race to his signature, tying him down to a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

However, after just eight months at the Vicente Calderon his future has been cast into doubt amidst rumours of an alleged argument – a situation which has seemingly alerted the Gunners.

“Arsenal are back in the hunt for Atletico Madrid's red-hot striker Mario Mandzukic. There has been a fall-out behind the scenes and Mandzukic, 28, will move in the summer- with Arsenal front of the queue,” the report claims.

Would Mario Mandzukic be a good addition for Arsenal?

Mandzukic’s talent in front of goal is undeniable, scoring 12 La Liga goals in 22 appearances and spearheading the team into latter stages of the Champions League.

However, is he any better than Olivier Giroud? Both players are at a similar age, 28, and the duo have distinct similarities in key attributes and playing style.

On this season’s form alone, while Mandzukic may have more goals, he is toppled by Giroud’s goal-to-game ratio as the French international has notched 10 Premier League strikes in just 12 starts.

With three years remaining on the Croatian’s deal in Spain, he certainly wouldn’t be cheap, and where money is concerned the Gunners are far more likely to invest in more obviously lacking areas of the team.

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