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Should Arsenal look at signing Bayern’s Mario Mandzukic? 1

Posted on June 08, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic potentially leaving the club due to the arrival of former Borussia Dortmund front man Robert Lewandowski, should Arsenal look at procuring his signature this summer?

The 28-year-old, a Croatian international, has enjoyed a good last campaign in the German Bundesliga, scoring 18 goals and making four assists in 30 league games. He boasts a 23% conversion rate, which is better than Arsenal’s first-choice striker Olivier Giroud, and he could be open to a move to the Premier League to ensure he gets regular action.

Mandzukic can also create goals. He’s made 30 chances in the league, while making four assists.

Should Arsenal go all out to sign Rakitic and Song? 0

Posted on May 07, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitting his side’s form in the big away games has cost them the title, should he be looking to sign proven midfield talent to finally turn his side from underdogs into genuine title-chasers?

Seville’s Ivan Rakitic should be a player Wenger has on his shortlist. The Croatian international has enjoyed a superb season on a personal note, scoring 12 goals and making 10 assists from midfield.

The 26-year-old has made 76 key passes this season, more than Arsenal’s chief creators Mesut Ozil (71) & Santi Cazorla (67). He’s created more goals for Seville than any Arsenal player this campaign, and will be reeling with his side having missed out on a Champions League place.

Little substance to the Mandzukic link with Arsenal 1

Posted on January 07, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic has been linked with a move to top-of-the-table Arsenal, as Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski looks set to be Munich’s first-choice striker as of next season – after having signed on a free transfer. However, the Bavarian club have said Mandzukic isn’t for sale despite the pending addition in attack.

This season, the 27-year old has scored 10 goals from 16 league games – four of which were from the bench. He joined the club from Wolfsburg in 2012, and has been a regular in the starting lineup ever since.

Alen Halilovic on Arsenal’s radar 0

Posted on November 19, 2013 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are once again linked to young Dinamo Zagreb starlet Alen Halilovic with manager Arsene Wenger regarding him as a hot prospect for the future. The Croatian attacking-midfielder has been the subject of interest for a number of clubs around Europe in the last 12 months, and when the January transfer window opens Zagreb could well be inundated with offers – most notably from the Gunners.

The 17-year old has made eight league appearances for the Croatian outfit this season, while also featuring twice for the Croatia national team against Liechtenstein and South Korea. As a result he’s being tipped for a bright future for club and country.

Arsenal linked with Sime Vrsaljko 0

Posted on October 12, 2013 by Crippy Cooke

FC Genoa fullback Sime Vrsaljko is being linked with Arsenal in a potential January move. Serie A side Inter Milan are also said to be courting the highly rated youngster, and a number of other sides around Europe have revealed an interest in the last few months.

The 21-year old Croatian international has been making a name for himself, and is hotly tipped for a bright future.

Signing from Dinamo Zagreb this summer for a fee around £4M, he’s made six Serie A appearances, and has often featured in midfield for Genoa.

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