Croatian international Mario Mandzukic didn't even make the bench in top of the table clash at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday night
Despite having recovered in time to face Borussia, the Croat was excluded from the match day squad with Guardiola allegedly unhappy with his training performances.
Polish striker Robert Lewandowski is due to arrive at the Allianz Arena this summer, very much as first choice striker for the European champions, and if Mandzukic loses his first team place for the rest of the season, he will find it even more difficult to win back once the Dortmund man arrives.
Both Arsenal and Manchester United, who had David Moyes in attendance at the match assessing transfer targets, have long been linked with Mandzukic, and a short-term move may suit both clubs. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been on the lookout for striker additions for over a year and he may struggle to find a player as proven as the 27-year-old former Wolfsburg forward in this transfer window.
Mandzukic has an outstanding goalscoring record of 146 goals in 324 club games, while netting 13 in 49 games for the national team. However the Guardian reported in 2012 that the player had a history of discipline problems earlier in his career, ranging from petty bookings to publicly admitting he did not have enough motivation to play against the "village teams"
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