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Arsenal can seal Premier League triumph with Edin Dzeko

Dzeko is surplus to requirements at City. (©GettyImages)
Dzeko is surplus to requirements at City. (©GettyImages).

If reports are to be believed, Manchester City are ready to boot Edin Dzeko out of the exit door in the January transfer window.

With potential suitors including Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan, the 27-year-old won't be short of options, but one club who should be in for the striker is City's Premier League title rivals Arsenal.

Sitting top of the Premier League after 11 games, the Gunners have forced themselves in to contention but many pundits consider their efforts futile unless a star striker joins in the January transfer window.

As good as Olivier Giroud has been, the player has cut the shape of a tired figure in recent game. With only Nicklas Bendtner available as understudy, the Frenchman is forced to play almost every game for Arsene Wenger. 

Arsenal have been accredited with an interest in Dzeko, but have never made a formal approach. Now Manchester City are ready to release him, they must act quickly.

Dzeko was one of the hottest properties in Europe whilst at Wolfsburg and Roberto Mancini did well to snap up the Bosnian for £27m in January 2011.

However, thanks to unlimited funds coming from Manchester City's owner, a plethora of striking talent was always available to the Italian. Dzeko was never given the run in the team his form deserved.

Scoring 14 goals in each of his full seasons for the Citizens, Dzeko has never had a spell of bad form yet has only started 44 games since joining.

Things have only got worse since Manuel Pellegrini joined and signed Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo. Dzeko has only started four league games this season yet has still rewarded his manager's faith with three goals.

The 27-year-old deserves better and Wenger should be the manager to deliver it.

If Arsenal sign another striker similar to Giroud, the Gunners can sustain their current style of play for the full 90 minutes.

At the moment, Giroud is relied upon to win the ball in the final third and hold in until support arrives. With his immense strength, he does superbly well but the level of effort Giroud puts in exposes him to fatigue before the match finishes.

Bendtner is nowhere near the same level as giroud and as soon as the Dane comes on, the attacks stop.

Dzeko would be able to supplement Giroud as well as challenge him for the first team spot.

His excellent record from the bench means he is always a threat in the dying minutes of a game and his four goal salvo against Tottenham in 2011 showed he has world-class quality when given the opportunity to show it.

Arsenal are top at the moment but with the rest of the pack chasing hard, they need to use the transfer window to strengthen their weakest area.

They need a striker and Dzeko is one of the best around. The fact that he's reportedly become available at this moment in time suggests that lady luck may be residing at the Emirates this season.

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