Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Latest Buzz on Strikers Linked with Gunners This Summer

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIApril 23, 2013

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - APRIL 06:  Christian Benteke of Aston Villa celebrates scoring his team's third goal to make the score 1-3 during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Aston Villa at the Britannia Stadium on April 6, 2013 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Arsenal are still in the running for a top four spot and Champions League qualification next season, but the reality is that the 2012-13 season hasn't lived up to expectations.

After selling star striker Robin van Persie over the summer transfer window, the Gunners have struggled to see the same production from the likes of Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski this season, whilst Van Persie has gone off and won the Premier League with United.

Manager Arsene Wenger will no doubt be looking to change that over the summer transfer window, and is reportedly interested in bringing in new talent to the Gunners' attack.

A number of star forwards have been linked with potential moves to Arsenal this year, and could well move to the Emirates this summer.

Read on to see the latest buzz with their potential moves in the transfer window, as well as other players that may end up in North London.

Stevan Jovetic, Fiorentina

Jovetic has been linked with the Gunners for some time now, with the Fiorentina man seemingly emerging as the North Londoners' No. 1 priority this summer. reports that Arsenal will face competition from Manchester City in trying to sign the star striker, with a top-four finish this year essential if they want to beat out the Citizens to his signature given that Roberto Mancini's side will be playing in Europe.

Jovetic offers a great complement to Giroud at the top of the attack and would be a creative weapon given the attacking talent he would have around him.

However, there's no guarantee that the Italian side will be willing to part ways with their 23-year-old star, and Arsenal will likely need a strong bid to encourage that.

Christian Benteke, Aston Villa

Having signed with the Villans for a small fee over the summer transfer window, Christian Benteke looks set to reject a move away from Villa Park to another big Premier League club—wanting to repay the faith that manager Paul Lambert showed in the Belgian international.

Benteke reportedly said via The Sun:

Since I was young it was my dream to come here and play in the Premier League. I have to give back to him what he has given to me.

However, if Aston Villa are relegated from the Premier League this season, it seems that all might change for Benteke, who may well have a relegation clause in his contract (as do many players) that could see a summer bid from the Gunners.

Arsenal have been linked with a move for the Belgian previously, and he would no doubt offer a great physical presence alongside Giroud were he to make a move to the Emirates—giving the Gunners' midfielders another go-to target to aim for in attack.

Mario Gotze, Borussia Dortmund

Technically not a striker—I'm well aware of that—but it's definitely worth highlighting Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Mario Gotze in this latest bout of Arsenal transfer news given the stunning developments that have happened with the German international.

According to German newspaper Bild (h/t Sports Illustrated), Gotze has agreed to terms with German rivals Bayern Munich for next season.

Arsenal had been previously linked with a move for Gotze, but the Bavarians have reportedly met the €35 million release clause that was in his contract—sparking a release from Dortmund in the summer transfer window.

B/R's Bundesliga expert Clark Whitney gave his thoughts on the deal:

Bold but very specific claims (including wages) from Bild in the Gotze/Bayern story. Dortmund have no choice if his €37m buyout clause is met. Looks legit. 

Huge surprise given that Gotze (not just Dortmund) turned down Bayern's advances last summer & Gotze has only ever spoken of going abroad.

Chalk it up to the Pep Guardiola sandpaper effect.

€37 million for Götze is an absolute steal, by the way. Dortmund dug their own grave by not making his buyout clause €60 million or more.

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