Now Mandzukic is on AW's radar

Speculation surrounding the acquisition of a new striker abounds in this morning’s papers with the Mail suggesting Arsene Wenger has Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic is on his radar.
The paper says that with Robin van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott injured, Wenger has finally conceded he is looking for another forward but is struggling, he says, to identify one he thinks is good enough.
And they claim that the 23-year-old Mandzukic, who scored the only goal in Croatia’s 4-1 home defeat by England last year, has been watched by Arsenal but they have doubts about the man Dinamo Zagreb signed to replace Eduardo.
‘I am thinking about signing a striker but I must confess I am not close to doing anything because I do not find a player who can convince me,’ said AW ahead of today’s trip to Bolton where the paper says AW is likely to still be pinning his striking hopes on Andrey Arshavin and Eduardo.
‘Andrey has had a foot injury and has not been able to kick the ball well,’ he said. ‘His movement around the box is very intelligent and it is how strikers move around the box that makes the difference.’
Meanwhile, in the Mirror, AW has stressed the importance of the two matches in four days which could define our challenge for the Premier League title.
We play Bolton again on on Wednesday at home and AW said: “We will need to be on song. These are two very important games and we need to be at our best.”
In the News of the World, AW holds court on the possibility of a Premier League club going to the wall. He said: “People say no one goes bankrupt here but you have just had a club that has not paid the salaries for three months.
“What is that? Basically, if nobody buys the club… what happens? The Premier League has a responsibility. I believe the Premier League has a responsibility for the accountability of the guy (buying a club).
“The Premier League has a responsibility to make sure that the club is safe. After that, leave it to the owner. But there are more and more groups of people who have different agendas other than making the club bigger than when they buy it.
“And the league has to make sure that the goal – the target – of people that buy football clubs is the right one. We have many clubs now who are vulnerable in the Championship, who could be targets for people who don’t always have the best footballing reasons for buying a club.
“It is needed that there is a central committee who analyses if a club is safe enough in terms of who is buying it.” He added: “We have two clubs who have specific rules. For them, if they have no money, they still have money. Man City and Chelsea can do what they want financially. The rest have a big handicap.”

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