The Arsenal side is busy finishing off their engagements in Singapore after winning the Barclays Asia Trophy. At the same time, the rumour mill is busy churning stories and link ups on the activity at the Emirates Stadium.
The latest speculation ties the towering Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko with a bid to sign him for Arsenal. There are reports that the Manchester City striker is wanted by Arsene Wenger as he targets improving his forward line.
There is no denying the fact that Wenger thinks that Olivier Giroud is a little overburdened. Also, there is constant criticism that Giroud does not shoulder responsibility consistently to lift the team on his own. Wenger has made no secret of his desire to sign a goal scoring forward to add a new dimension to his squad.
Theo Walcott was used at various times as a striker as well as Alexis Sanchez. And of course there is the talented English striker Danny Welbeck. But, Wenger knows very well that these options are not long term. He would love to have more firepower up front to cover all his bases.
The 29-year-old striker is also reportedly wanted by Italian side Roma. He has seen his opportunities diminish at City last year itself. Wilfried Bony was signed from Swansea City to provide cover for Sergio Aguero. But, the arrival of Raheem Sterling from Liverpool pushed Dzeko further down the pecking order.
Dzeko joined City in 2011 from Wolfsburg and has played more than 180 games for them. After a consistent 2013-14 season, Dzeko was expected to build up on his performances. But, he played around 30 matches only scoring a mere 6 goals. He made 22 appearances in the Premier League but only started 11 of those matches.
It is slightly disappointing that Dzeko is being looked as a potential signing by Wenger. There are enough indications during the last season that Dzeko may not be able to step up his performances. Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain can work as additional strikers while Welbeck is recovering from an injury he sustained close to the end of last season.
Wenger has always loved a big striker who can be a natural scorer. Right now he is too over reliant on Giroud. Signing Dzeko looks good on paper for Arsenal although he may be a little old for Wenger’s liking. Will Wenger bite the bullet and sign Dzeko? It is a question that looks highly unlikely of coming to fruition, and I doubt if it would be supported by the fans either…..
Would he do for a couple of season?