Six strikers that could finally fire Arsenal to the title next season

Mario Balotelli (AC Milan)

It hasn’t quite gone to plan for Super Mario in Milan. Balo’s return to Italy to join his boyhood team was greeted by almost unprecedented fanfare last January, with Gazzetta dello Sport’s famous Balo is Back! headline iconic enough to be reprinted and sold on T-shirts. This was more than just a transfer, it was a status signing – a sign that there was life in the old dog AC Milan – and, by association, Serie A, yet. Through Balotelli, Italian football was reclaiming some of its old razzmatazz having annexed off one of its crown jewels in north east Manchester for two and a half years.

It hasn’t worked out. For a variety of reasons Milan just aren’t ready to compete at the moment, and that could benefit Arsenal should they opt to pursue of one of the most naturally talented yet frustratingly inconsistent strikers in world football. His 13 goals and 4 assists in 25 Serie A appearances this season show he's still got it. Forget Balotelli’s questionable temperament, Wenger has built a career on turning base metals into gold. Balotelli would bring the unbridled self-confidence and charisma that Arsenal often lack and could therefore be the perfect signing.


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What they need is a captain with steel. Their trophy-less run started when they sold Vieira. Since then they've had no captain that can drag the whole team to victory. I can't recall two captains since PV left, because none of have been real leaders.