Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Should Aim Higher Than Josip Drmic

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 3, 2014

Nuremberg's Josip Drmic of Switzerland, left, and Bayern's Bastian Schweinsteiger challenge for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and 1. FC Nuremberg, in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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It's no surprise that Arsenal would be linked to a striker. After all, the team heavily pursued Luis Suarez this summer, and when Liverpool rejected their advances, they only managed to deputize Olivier Giroud with Yaya Sanogo, much to the chagrin of Gooners everywhere.

It's also no surprise that the Gunners would chase a player like 21-year-old Josip Drmic. While certainly a talented player—he's tallied 16 goals and three assists in 27 Bundesliga games for Nurnberg—he'd also likely come at a fairly low cost and isn't the sort of superstar Arsenal fans are clamoring for at the forward position.

However, it does sound as though Drmic would consider a move to north London. From Jure Bohoric of Sky Sports:

Reports in Germany had claimed that Arsenal had already moved to secure a deal and Lothar Matthaus, working as a pundit for Sky Deutschland, claimed that the player's wife was already looking for houses in London.

But Drmic has reacted to the speculation and he told Bild: "At the moment I am single and there is no one house hunting in London."

Although he did refuse to rule out a move and added: "What will happen in the future, I don't know. Any boy dreams about playing for Arsenal."

Nick Callow of the Mail Online wrote that the club was lining up an £8 million move for the Nurnberg man. Sounds like a typical Arsene Wenger signing, right? Bring in a young player for a reasonable cost and hope he develops into a star.

While there is something to be said for finding diamonds in the rough, Arsenal's ambitions should be a bit higher this summer. 

While Arsenal did well to last as long as they did in the Premier League title race amid injuries to Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil down the stretch, it's clear this club still lacks elite talent at several positions, including striker and defensive midfielder. 

Giroud has played well this season, but he doesn't quite possess that final moment of brilliance and precision that the top forwards in the world always seem to have. His hold-up play is excellent, his movement superb, his energy and effort top-notch. But that final touch, that last bit of accuracy needed to find the net, well, it often eludes him.

He scores the goals he's supposed to score. Rarely does he surprise you with a tally that seemingly comes out of nowhere. 

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Drmic would be a nice signing but not if his primary role was to deputize Giroud. It should be Giroud who is deputizing after this summer, as Arsenal chase a bigger talent to lead the line. 

Mario Mandzukic. Diego Costa. Julian Draxler (though it remains to be seen if he would be effective as a centre-forward, he could always play out wide, at least initially). These are the quality of players Arsenal should be looking to add to the attack.

Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe is certainly a bit befuddled by Arsenal's apparent interest in Drmic:

If you're Wenger, maybe you do choose Drmic over the bigger names. It would certainly be in line with his recent history on the transfer market. But you can bet that if Arsenal don't seriously upgrade at forward this season, there will once again be a slew of unhappy Gooners.

It's almost a rite of summer at this point, huh?