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Arsenal: Is Edin Dzeko an Ideal Target for Summer Spending?

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 12:  Edin Dzeko of Manchester City is tackled by Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on March 12, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Callum MackenzieContributor IIIMarch 13, 2014

As we well know in football, the rumour mill never ceases in churning out stories to speculate upon and tidbits to mull over. Transfer-based speculation in particular is constantly troubling the headlines—and as such, this latest piece of news is something Arsene Wenger should take heed of when considering Arsenal's summer reinforcements.

Per Wayne Veysey of Goal.com, Manchester City's third-choice striker, the clinical Bosnian Edin Dzeko, will likely hit the open market come the season's conclusion.

The Citizens boast an embarrassing wealth of riches when it comes to attackers, with Alvaro Negredo, Sergio Aguero and the oft-injured Stevan Jovetic to supplant Dzeko should he leave—goals often come from further deep, with Yaya Toure regularly adding to sky-blue tallies.  So Dzeko, who was heavily rumoured to be leaving Manchester in the winter transfer period, makes decent sense as a summer departure from the Etihad.

The Gunners' interest in Dzeko stretches back to that same period, with City manager Manuel Pellegrini rebuffing any curiosity from north London in the Bosnian finisher.  Yet Dzeko remains on the fringes of the Chilean's plans, and this latest transfer conjecture might have tongues at the Emirates wagging.

And for good reason.

From Arsenal's perspective, striker is a position of need that fans have rued Wenger's neglect of for some time.  It would not be a stretch to suggest that many Gunners, despite the fantastic play archetypal of Olivier Giroud's second year in red and white, would rather a second option at no. 9 consisted of much more than a mercurial Dane, or the promising-yet-raw Yaya Sanogo.

Dzeko is arguably more clinical in front of goal than any of Wenger's current options to lead the line, and he provides an intriguing alternative to Giroud in leading the Gunners' charge.

Despite the former Wolfsburg man finding opportunities limited this campaign, his powerful shooting and threat on the counter-attack have not deserted him; qualities that Wenger would undoubtedly relish. 

A return of eight goals from 17 starts (per WhoScored.com) is respectable enough for this campaign, but picture putting Dzeko in the Giroud role in Arsenal's setup and the imagination runs amok.

With his pace, power and positioning, his link-up play with Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla, once established, would be lethal. His hold-up play and eye for a pass, much like Giroud's, would send opportunity after opportunity the way of a fit Theo Walcott.

In his two full seasons under Roberto Mancini (via TransferMarkt.co.uk), the Bosnian thrived with a return of 28 goals in just over 60 league appearances, including that crucial equaliser in City's incredible title-winner against Queen's Park Rangers in May 2012.  His assist tally in that time also reached double figures, proving the Sarajevo native has another string to his bow.

Although the thought of his link-up play with Ozil is enough to set minds spinning, Dzeko turns 28 on Monday—perhaps entering the prime years of his footballing life. 

Going into Bosnia-Herzegovina's first ever World Cup campaign this summer, Dzeko has the inspiration to make the rest of this campaign into quite the curriculum vitae, especially with Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan waiting in the wings.

Arsenal can most likely pay Dzeko's wage demands and transfer fee.  Previous interest, alleged or concrete, has persisted throughout the season. Dzeko is a clinical finisher and a talent of real quality.

So all that remains to be seen is whether the Gunners will be in pole position for his services come the sunny months.

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