Arsenal transfers: Ex-striker doubts move for Mario Balotelli

Arsenal transfers: Alan Smith urges Gunners to bid for Mario Mandzukic and not Mario Balotelli

mario balotelli
Mario Balotelli moved to AC Milan from Manchester City in 2012 Photo: Kelvin Gillmor

Alan Smith has told Arsenal to forget about signing Mario Balotelli this summer – and instead try to bring Mario Mandzukic to the club.

The AC Milan forward has been touted as a potential target for the Gunners as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his attacking options ahead of the new season.

Wenger will be bringing in a striker this summer, hopefully a very good one

Alan Smith

However, former Arsenal striker Smith doesn’t believe that Balotelli would be a good fit for the north London club and would like to see them move for Bayern Munich star Mandzukic instead.

“Balotelli doesn’t strike me as an Arsene Wenger sort of player,” Smith told talkSPORT.

“He’s someone who commands the headlines and there’s always something going on with him off the field.

“He’s a great player on his day but, for me, he doesn’t have enough of them. I just can’t see him at Arsenal.

“Wenger will be bringing in a striker this summer, hopefully a very good one.

“There are a few out there at the moment, just look at the likes of Mandzukic. But Balotelli? I don’t think so.”

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