Transfer Rumour Rater: Edin Dzeko to Arsenal in the January Window

Phil KeidelContributor IIDecember 3, 2013

If you need Dzeko these days, the bench is the best place to look for him.
If you need Dzeko these days, the bench is the best place to look for him.Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Well, that did not take long. Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has played himself onto the bench under yet another manager.

And yet again, here come the whispers that the out-of-favor Dzeko is primed for a move.

This time it was Mark Ogden of The Telegraph doing the honors, citing "interest from league leaders Arsenal and German club Borussia Dortmund" in acquiring Dzeko.

The gist of the piece is City manager Manuel Pellegrini trying to stomp out a brush fire before it ignites the forest around him. "I put my trust in him before the season and I have just as much trust in him now," Pellegrini said.

Um, about that trust you put in Dzeko at the beginning of this campaign, boss? That is sort of the problem.

At the end of July, Pellegrini said that he considered Dzeko "the main striker of the team and I'm sure his performance along the season will be really good," according to ESPN.co.uk.

But it took only five halves of Premier League football for Dzeko to lose his place to Alvaro Negredo.

As Ogden put it, "With Negredo forming a 28-goal partnership with Sergio Aguero, Dzeko has been reduced to substitute appearances in recent weeks."

Would City sell Dzeko to Arsenal? That is highly unlikely.

Arsenal, Chelsea and (still) Manchester United are City's three primary rivals for the Premier League crown. City cannot chance seeing Dzeko heat up at the Emirates.

But might Dzeko be leaving the Etihad for somewhere else? Probably not, at least until Stevan Jovetic is healthy. As Pellegrini put it to Ogden, "we have a lot of games to play from now until April and, if we want to win trophies, we need important players."

Dzeko cannot be happy sitting so often. But he should be used to it by now.