Wenger Lands In Brazil To Scout Key Trio Of Targets

By on June 12, 2014

Arsene Wenger has landed in Brazil and reports claim his main objective is to find himself a new striker, with Mario Balotelli, Mario Mandzukic and Karim Benzema all on his radar.

We managed to get by with just Olivier Giroud last season but there’s little doubt we need to sign at least one top class striker this summer if we want to really challenge for the title next season, and it seems the boss is going to use his presence in Brazil to scout three of his top targets.

Arsene is at the World Cup working as a French TV pundit, so he’ll have the perfect opportunity to run-the-rule over long-term target Karim Benzema. The Real Madrid hitman has been linked with a move to the Emirates for some time and with the European champions hoping to sign Luis Suarez this summer, Benzema could be on the market.

Although Mandzukic is suspended for tonight’s World Cup opener against Brazil, the 27-year-old will return for Croatia’s final two group games and the Telegraph claim Arsene will be watching on with a keen eye.

Mandzukic has confirmed he’s set to leave Bayern Munich after falling out-of-favour under Pep Guardiola and Arsenal are just of several clubs who are interested in offering him a fresh start.

The final name on Wenger’s hitlist is AC Milan’s controversial hitman Mario Balotelli. The 23-year-old will face-up against England on Saturday night so we’ll have the perfect opportunity to see how he fares against Premier League opposition.

Of course we know this already as Balotelli spent two and a half years with Manchester City before joining AC Milan in January 2013, but he’s been tipped to leave Italy this summer after receiving racial abuse and Arsenal have been linked in recent weeks.

Of the three, Benzema would be my preferred option as not only is he the most established striker, I think he’d fit in best with our style of play. However, he’ll also be the most difficult and expensive to purchase.

Balotelli is a huge talent and if Arsene could curb his wild-side, then we’d have a superb player. But trouble just seems to follow him wherever he goes and his signing is just as likely to end up a disaster as it is a triumph.

Mandzukic doesn’t excite me. He’s got a decent goal-scoring record for Bayern but he’s too much like Giroud. We need a pacey striker who offers something different, and the Croatian international isn’t the one for me.


  1. David

    June 12, 2014 at 10:46 am

    I seriously think that Benzema , Alvaro Morato or Jackson Martinez are the 3 main strikers that Arsenal should be after. As for attacking mid-fielders I believe Antoine Grizman or Sami Khadiri will be my most preferred choice if given an option.

  2. bc

    June 12, 2014 at 11:02 am

    None of those potential signings excite me. Giroud is as good as all 3. I think a team like arsenal should be going for one of the top 10. They are (in no particular order)ronaldo Messi Cavani falcao costa ibrahimovic suarez neymar lewandowski toni. If not one of the next best 10. They are (in no particular order) van persie finnbogason soriano rossi higuain tevez immobile rooney sturridge aguero. For me giroud sits within the next group of 20, that includes mandzukic, ballotelli, benzema, martinez, gillardino, bony, di Natalie, cerci, drmic, kiessling, vela, huntelaar, muller, dzeko, negredo, llorente, hernandez, hulk, Lukaku.

  3. Paulson

    June 13, 2014 at 12:08 am

    We nid to bring carlos vela back and loan him to athletic madrid and get benzima or manduzkic and then get luiz Gustavo or steven Bender as our dm and lovren as our central defender and peter cech

  4. Kevin Weaver

    June 13, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Not sure whether Wenger is brave, foolish or incompetent in not bringing back Cesc, but if you fly in the face of popular opinion it often comes back to bite you. I for one won’t forgive him if we don’t sign top quality players to fill the gaps that currently exist. Is Cesc better than some of what we already have? Yes. Are we allowing a top player joining one of our main competitors when we had the power to stop it? Yes. Chelsea won’t do business with us, why didn’t we at least drag the signing out over the summer and piss Mourinho off? this stinks of Wenger arrogance.

  5. Liwal

    June 13, 2014 at 6:07 am


  6. Liwal

    June 13, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Benzema he his not among the best strikers in d world he has shown nothing imajin he he’s playing with Ronaldo,d maria, bale n he canot manage to score 25 goals! I prever mario baloteli his best he can fit in arsenal squad he hve the talent to score goals rem wat he has done in euros against German his two goals he’s a great player n he will fit in arsenal system with wenger principal hop we can win his signature.

  7. peter

    June 13, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    fans piss me of when i hear them say wenger knows best for not signing fab and in arsene we.in arsenal i trust cause let’s not get carried away with the f.a cup triumph yes it’s a trophy but my dear arsenal is far much bigger than that afterall wigan athletic were champions so as pompey and co.let aim for something celebrating for atleast a year.why would our boos miss out on our own beloved fab who to me except ozil he’s better that all the md we’ve gat.in he wants to apease us with a bressan we sorry i dnt even know about.di maria’s deal is gently going down after all the hyps griezmann’s also going off.he’s going to bring in vela nd mandzukic nd say he hd a good transfer.HELL TRASH this time after two years we would win the carling cup.and he’ll sign another three years of opresin arsenal.hw can we say we are contended with our curent mds wn this same set of people made us lost the league due to dm being injury prone.sory fans we nd depth evn if we’d sign fab,benard,di maria,falcao wining d cl’s nt a crime

  8. dooby

    June 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Mandzukic and Giroud cannot be in the same cup. Mandzukic is class above and that is why Wenger won’t sign him. Wenger wants glory for himself, doesn’t want players with caracter but he wants mouses like Giroud,Arteta,Cazorla…thats why Arsenal won’t win anything in next 3 years

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