The Independent has reported that Wenger is in Brazil not only to act as a pundit for French television but also to scout potential transfer targets.

The pressure is now firmly on Arsenal and our French boss to perform in the summer transfer window following the club’s rejection of Cesc Fabregas and his subsequent move to Chelsea.

It is universally obvious amongst fans (and I hope management) that the club needs a new marquee, world-class, striker to come in.

Giroud is a fine player, and will make a perfect understudy, but if Arsenal wants to win the league against the likes of our free-spending Stamford Bridge neighbours (who have already brought well), then, at the very least, a top striker is required.

It is vital not to stagnate after the brilliant FA cup victory, and the club must push on.

So, which strikers could Wenger be looking at the World Cup and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Mario Balotelli

There are few men who inspire more controversy than the mercurial Italian. Many Gooners would not approve of the former Manchester City striker due to his turbulent attitude and infrequently dubious off-pitch antics.

However, the man oozes talent, if Wenger (and who could be better at it) could get Balotelli’s head down, then we could end up with one of the World’s best strikers.

His recent Serie A campaign was uninspiring to say the least, hitting just 14 goals from 30 games, although I feel that in front of a midfield of Ozil, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla and Walcott, he would not struggle to find the back of the net.

Wenger has previously expressed his interest in the Italian, and AC Milan are willing to sell their striker to gather funds meaning he could be available for as little as £20 million.

Price-wise, then, Balotelli represents a brilliant option.

Mario Mandzukic

The Croatian is set to leave Bayern Munich after openly criticizing Pep Guardiola recently.

He has a keen eye for goal, hitting 18 goals in 30 league games, although the weakness of the Bundesliga must be accounted for here.

When you include Mandzukic’s 4 assists as well he does begin to look like a fairly handy player.

I am not a fan of the Croatian, I think Giroud would hit at least 20 goals in 30 games playing against average German sides with a midfield including Goetze, Kroos and Muller to supply him.

In fact, when you think of the players Mandzukic is surrounded by, and the fairly weak German teams he faces week in, week out, his stats are fairly underwhelming.

Karim Benzema

The Champions League winner would be unlikely to want to leave Real Madrid after such a brilliant season, yet he may still be forced out if Madrid succeed in landing either Aguero or Suarez.

Benzema is a class act, hitting 17 goals in the La Liga season and adding 9 assists. He is entering the last year of his contract and so would be available for around £30 million, and so economically would represent a steal.

All three strikers would be an improvement on what we have but who do you think would suit the club best?



Balotelli - 51.3%
Mandzukic - 8.3%
Benzema - 28.8%
Other striker - 11.6%


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-1 #18 #Aaron James Ramsey 2014-07-05 13:32
Benzema, the perfect player for Arsenal. Please, join Arsenal!
-2 #17 gigi 2014-06-28 08:05
wenger is a mean old guy he will never buy any of those or any kind of player except available for free transfer
-2 #16 Iceberg 2014-06-27 14:51
We need a suarez or a zlatan not mandzukic maybe benzema or Martinez
+6 #15 TC 2014-06-25 14:10
Rest assured we will be getting none of those names mentioned above.
0 #14 ZachedO 2014-06-23 07:40
Arsenal needs a free scoring striker who if provided with passes from Ozil, Ramsey, Wilshere or Carzola, can hit the back of the net obviously. due to that, Benzema would be the best option for that space.
+3 #13 Mutsa 2014-06-21 01:09
PEOPLE THINK ABOUT IT Why would you buy a dog that you know is going to bit you? doesn't make sense .....Balotelli lacks discipline and that's what football is, a discipline .....Benzima doesn't want but he would gel perfectly With Giroud (as seen in the World Cup) and former team mate ozil ...... Very few people like Mario therefore making him a less profitable option
+2 #12 Kash 2014-06-20 23:15
Not sure why people have been giving Joe minus votes for what he said as it make PERFECT sense. Jackson is the person who we should be looking to buy as our 1st choice striker with Giroud second and Joel 3rd. Send Sanogo out on loan and maybe get Remy is as 4th.
+6 #11 william 2014-06-20 13:03
To hell with Mario.Wenger is too old to tame a beast like Him(Balloteli). although strong and confident,Mario is not will be sad to see players plus the coach fight in the changing room before appearing in the field;;BENZEMA COME PLIIIIIIIIIZ.....
-9 #10 Sammy 2014-06-18 19:25
The big boy Mario is the ideal option
-9 #9 Demini 2014-06-18 16:32
Balotelli is a good striker striker when you already have ozil,santiago etc. He is quick and strong.
-10 #8 Alfred 2014-06-18 15:20
Balotelli would be the Ideal buy for the Gunners
-6 #7 John Ifeloa 2014-06-17 15:24
Baloteli,is a BEAST in pitch of play! He can TERORISE any defence, as far as Epl is concern nd European league as well! think is a good buy!
-4 #6 Jaileer 2014-06-15 19:57
So Benzama is an improvement over Giroud -- the man who replaced him as the France #1?
+4 #5 Given 2014-06-13 16:57
Jackson by far is better than those 3 players on that list. Balloteli is ideal of the other 2 because of his style of play.
0 #4 Joel 2014-06-13 16:21
Balotelli, best of the bunch really! Benzema is reliant on the pace and class around him at real and I doubt can tough it out in the premier league!! What I do agree with is Joe's statement above, we should be after Jackson Martinez; quick, strong, good in the air and knows how to find the net!! Failing that an audacious bid for Cavani or test Chelsea's resolve with Lukaku, after all we did hand them Fabregas!!! One of the three strikers I have mentioned along with Vela and Griesman from la liga should sort out the attack!! Then there is the matter of a holding midfielder with pace, RB,CB and GK!! Still at least we would score more with a decent forward line!!
-1 #3 dan 2014-06-13 15:32
I don't care who just sign some good big names like ozil
-4 #2 Joe 2014-06-13 12:40
Really this is the best Wenger is looking at? God help us. Mario "Drama Queen" Balotelli, wouldn't have him on a free. Mario Mandzukic, when we played Bayern Munich twice didn't even notice him on the pitch about as bad as Sanogo. Karim Benzema good player but has said many times he doesn't want to go to Arsenal. Obviously what Wenger calls a world class player and the fans do is two totally different things. I would like to see someone like Jackson Martinez 46 goals in 60 games and an Arsenal fan what could be better.Knowing our luck last hour on last transfer day Wenger will still be thinking about it and then panic buy anyone.
+9 #1 Hassan 2014-06-13 11:56
Balotelli, young and no doubt most skilful who can offer more to arsenal than benz and mario combined.
we need a blockbuster