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Three reasons why Mario Balotelli would be perfect for Arsenal

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With Mario Balotelli's agent suggesting that the Italian is interested in a move to Arsenal, here are three reasons why Arsene Wenger would be wise to snap up the AC Milan striker.

Pace 

When Theo Walcott was injured last season at the same time as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsenal looked laboured moving forward, as their quick, slick passing was slowed by a lack of pace on the wings.

Balotelli could provide the pace from a central strikers role, meaning that instead of moving the ball to the wings and then into the centre for Olivier Giroud, the Italian can look to turn the last defender.

This type of ball could then lead to Mesut Ozil's creativeness really flourishing, as he could float balls in behind an opposing defence or look to beat them with a well placed through-ball.

In turn, if on the break away, he adds another dimension, because his pace allows the passing to be more effective and stretch an opposing defence further. This has sometimes been a criticism of Arsenal that they don't always go for the throat, looking to "pass the ball into the net" something that having a more confident and able striker could correct.

Heading Ability

As we saw against England last week, Balotelli's height makes him strong in the air, giving the Arsenal team something they don't have in abundance. Wenger on the whole has quite a small built side (aside from Per Mertesacker) so adding a striker with an aerial presence increases Arsenal's danger, causing more worries for the opposition. 

It perhaps gives Arsenal the Plan 'B' that they have lacked for years, when up against a deep lying defence or are under pressure and need to convert set pieces. Balotelli gives Wenger more to think about than any of the strikers the Gunners currently have on their books.

Unpredictable 

Now bear with me on this one. Whilst there is no doubt that the Italian could lose you a game with his temperament and at times stupidity, his game does appear to be maturing. 

It's his flair that really makes him unpredictable, because his talent is almost limitless, seeming to score unbelievable goals from trying things that most players simply wouldn't have the confidence to try. 

He can offer that something special when the game isn't going his teams way and you feel always has a goal in him. 

Without wishing to claim that the squad are ordinary, there aren't many that have the ability to change gears in the big games and have that special moment, which stands him aside from other young players currently in the game. 

I think that if you can stick with him through the antics it certainly pays off, as 20 in 54 for Manchester City and 26 in 43 for AC Milan show he is prolific without being orthodox.

Conclusion 

English football fans know what Balotelli can offer Arsenal from his performances at Man City. While there would be some reservation, I think it would prove to be the best Wenger signing for many years, as 'Super Mario' could help power Arsenal closer to the title than in previous years, possibly adding to their 2013/14 FA Cup success.

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