Arsenal reportedly failed in a last-gasp bid to sign Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko this summer.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wanted the Bosnian striker on a season-long loan deal, but could not agree a deal Roberto Mancini’s efforts to sign a replacement up front also failed, according to a report.

Dzeko has never really settled since Manchester City purchased him from Wolfsburg for £27million in January of last year, while Arsenal were looking to replace the supply of goals that left Emirates Stadium when Robin van persie joined the Citizens’ fierce rivals at Old Trafford.

The report claims Wenger attempted to get Dzeko on loan in the final days of the transfer window this summer and that Mancini was open to the move, but could not find a replacement in time.

It also says Arsenal are back in the market for a striker in January to provide Gunners new boy Olivier Giroud with some direct competition in the central striking role, but any interest in Dzeko has now ended.

It could also be to relieve some of the pressure on Giroud, who has struggled to find the net since his move and Arsenal’s only other natural centre-forward is outcast Marouane Chamakh.

Gervinho has been used in the role to relative success and Lukas Podolski has played there for most of his club career, but Wenger appears to prefer both as wide options.

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