Arsenal close to signing striker target

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Arsenal are close to signing a new striker - and no, it's not Luis Suarez.

Instead, fans of the club will have to settle for Romanian international Ciprian Marica, according to the forward's agent.

Although Arsene Wenger remains in pursuit of Liverpool's want-away frontman, it transpires that he's also been monitoring the progress of Marica following his release from Schalke earlier this summer.

"It is close to Arsenal, we'll see this week," Giovani Becali, Marica's agent, is quoted as saying by Romanian newspaper Libertatea.

"Marica is a good striker, a Romanian international and has experienced great football in the West. It is normal for him to be targeted by big clubs."

Arsene Wenger has come under-fire by some sections of the club's fans, having so far failed to lure any high-profile players to the Emirates, despite the public pursuit of Suarez and having missed out on Gonzalo Higuain to Napoli.

With Yaya Sanogo the sole addition to the Gunners' squad thus far, this new link will do little to appease the unrestful Arsenal fans who have been craving a big-name signing, as promised by the club's owners.

Marica spent the last six years in the Bundesliga having enjoyed spells with Dinamo Bucuresti and Shakhtar Donetsk.

He made 16 appearances for Schalke last campaign - scoring on six occasions - and left the club at the end of his contract in July following a four-year stint with the 2007 champions.

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