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Strikers Arsenal need this summer

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If there has been a position that has been highly criticised as a main weakness in Arsenal's current squad it has been up front. In this article I want to share the names of some of the players that I believe can be brought to the north London club with very little trouble, but more importantly who will make a positive impact in the future.

Olivier Giroud has looked out of form lately and I think this is due to multiple factors the main one being he is Arsene Wenger's only striker choice this season which has not only added a lot of pressure to the shoulders of the French striker but it has also had an affect on his fitness. So, who can Wenger bring in to back up this striker and assist him in goalscoring duties?

The striker who I believe would make an immediate impact at the club and who should be at the top of Wenger's wishlist is current Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko. The Bosnian should be keen on a move as it would see him get regular first-team football at a team that is quickly recovering from the faults it had in the past, as we have seen the club reach the summit of the Premier league this season for a long amount of time. Dzeko shouldn't be turned off by the prospect of a move to the capital. 

Dzeko who has been out of favor somewhat at City, has been third choice in Manuel Pellegrini's attacking line-up featuring Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero who are ahead of him in terms of Premier league starts. But, with that being said, Dzeko is still a player that will score goals when they are needed for your club. 

If Wenger was to bring this player into the club it would be affordable and a smart buy from the French manager as you are not really facing much risks of losing money as the player has already established a good reputation as a Premier League goalscorer, so there would be little risk associated with the purchase 

But if that move doesn't happen the next player that should be targeted is Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez. The Mexican has been at the Manchester side since 2010 and has proved himself as a striker you can rely on to get goals. He has lately however been out of favour at the club not making David Moyes's starting XI and getting understandably frustrated with the lack of playing time he is getting at Old Trafford. 

With other big named players at United such as Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney it is looking unlikely that the player will be getting much more playing time this season. So is a move away from the club on the cards this summer, I certainly think so and I  think if Hernandez decides to make a transfer decision, Wenger should be keen on snapping up the striker.

He would certainly fit into Wenger's lone striker policy and with the pace he posseses it would be easy for some of Arsenal's great midfield players like Mesut Ozil to take advantage of this pace and make passes up-field to the Mexican safe in the knowledge that he will beat defenders to retrieve the ball.

Another player that would fit into Wenger's set-up is Croatia and Bayern Munich front man Mario Mandzukic. With the recent announcement that the highly rated Polish striker Robert Lewandowski will be making a move to the Bavarian team there came with it the promise of regular playing time as well.

What i mean by this is that there is little room for a striker to play up alongside Lewandowski in a team that is dominated by midfield players, so where would the current key striker at the club, Mandzukic fit in?

Well, he would definitely have a guaranteed spot on the bench and would only play when the Polish striker is injured and/or rested. I don't think this is what the Croatian wants at all and Arsenal should use the idea of regular playing time at the Gunners to tempt Mandzukic away from Munich. 

He has scored a total of 16 goals this season for Bayern and was one of the most dangerous goal threats last season in both the Champions League and Bundesliga scoring 18 goals in all competitions, so he would certainly have no trouble in getting goals for the club. 

Not only would the players I mentioned above bring along with them goals, they would also give the current players at the club motivation to play on and keep winning games as it would prove that the management want to invest in the club and really want to see it be successful.

Look at what the addition of Ozil has done for the club, although arguably individually he hasn't performed spectacularly, he gave the team a boost that was much needed as they struggled to get fourth position last season.

Although the Gunners may not win the league this season with the addition of one or two of the players I mentioned they may have the extra fire-power to go all the way and win the title in 2014/15.

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