Arsenal and Edin Dzeko? Badly thought-out wishful thinking 0

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Another transfer rumour in The Mirror, another John Cross special - in other words, a piece about who he wants Arsenal to sign, rather than who they are actually likely to.

“Edin Dzeko is the latest player on Arsenal’s January transfer hit-list.

The Manchester City striker, who admitted last week that he is unhappy at his lack of game-time this season, is seen as a player who can help ease the burden on Olivier Giroud.”

Beyond just logic, there’s probably not all that much to support this, so Arsenal fans need not get overly-excited at the prospect of Dzeko - and actually, he isn’t the right person to provide back-up to Olivier Giroud, and neither is he good enough to oust the Frenchman from the first-eleven at The Emirates.

I wrote a b assessment of the Bosnian’s time at Manchester City earlier in the week, and a lot of that is applicable here. A lot of Arsenal’s success going forward this season has been predicated on, amongst other things - Ozil, Ramsey etc - Giroud’s ability to play a true targetman role, and act as a genuine pivot in the offensive third. Dzeko doesn’t do that well - his game isn’t suited to anything other than goal-scoring, and he struggles outside the box with anything which isn’t directly related to goal-scoring.

Do Arsenal really want to allocate a hefty percentage of their wage bill to securing the Bosnian’s skill-set? No, I doubt it, and - additionally - his surly, sulky attitude is something that they could not only do without, but would do well to actively avoid.

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