Arsenal must rescue Manchester City's striking prisoner

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Stevan Jovetic joined Manchester City in July for £22m following months of speculation regarding the Montenegrin's future.

Although a plethora of top European clubs were linked with the forward, Arsenal were amongst the favourites to land Jovetic's signature.

However, with Arsene Wenger distracted by the pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain and, more hopefully, that of Luis Suarez, the Gunners lost out to the fast moving Manuel Pellegrini.

But since his move to Eastlands, Jovetic seems to have taken up a place on the bench and doesn't look like breaking in to the squad any time soon.

So far he has started one game in the Premier League and made two appearances from the bench.

With the stellar form of both Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo, it looks like Jovetic's opportunities will be limited at the Etihad.

It seems strange to sign one of Europe's most coveted forwards for £22m with the intention of putting him on the bench. But when you consider the scale of Sheikh Mansour's wealth, the mystery soon evaporates.

City may be able to afford to fill their bench with players of Jovetic's quality, but the striker can't allow his career to stall in the same way many other's have done at City since to arrival of Mansour.

At Arsenal, Jovetic has a place in the team waiting for him. He can be the perfect accomplice up front to take the pressure off Olivier Giroud.

Giroud has been in great form this season but, as any nervous Arsenal fan will tell you, if he gets injured Wenger is in trouble.

Arsenal have the choice of bringing in the exiled Park Chu-Young or the previously exiled Nicklas Bendtner as a replacement if Giroud succumbs to injury. Neither should be playing for a title challenging team that Arsenal believe they are.

Jovetic is every bit the player that Giroud is. A big forward unit who can hold up the ball for Arsenal when relief is needed. What Arsenal are finding is that the hard-working Giroud struggles to complete 90 minutes at the same level of intensity. The Montenegrin will provide some much needed relief when Giroud hits the wall.  

If Manchester City don't need Jovetic, they will no doubt let him go quite soon as Financial Fair Play rules force the lavish spenders to balance their books.

Jovetic himself will catch on pretty quickly that his ability won't stay at the same level if he's sitting on the bench every week. Although he will probably like the number on his pay cheque, his career must come first.

He scored 13 goals and assisted five for Fiorentina in Serie A last season and deserves better. Arsenal need a striker and it seems irresponsible of City to keep expensive assets they don't need on the bench.

It's a no-brainer, Jovetic to Arsenal is a match made in heaven.

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