What would £20m striker target Balotelli offer to Arsenal?

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Arsenal have been heavily linked with a £20m move for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli - but what would he offer to the Gunners?

Arsenal ended their nine-year trophy drought with the 3-2 FA Cup final win over Hull City back in May, and with fans eyeing up more silverware in the years to come, manager Arsene Wenger is widely expected to splash the cash in the transfer market this summer.

One of the main areas of improvement for Arsenal is up front, where Olivier Giroud struggled to handle the season-long workload on his own after limited contributions from Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo. The Gunners may look to land another marquee signing after the capture of Mesut Ozil last summer, and one name in particular will set tongues wagging.

Former Manchester City badboy Mario Balotelli has been with AC Milan for 18 months now, hitting a hugely impressive 30 goals in just 54 games for the Serie A giants. However, his time at the San Siro has been marred by a number of incidents where he has been the subject of racial abuse, and a transfer away has been speculated as a result.

Having signed a deal with Puma to supply the kit for the Gunners, Puma-sponsored star Balotelli has unsurprisingly been tipped as a potential signing - and whilst AC Milan suggest that he isn't going anywhere, Arsenal may still have the ammunition to land him, so what would the 23-year-old offer?

An enigmatic talent, Balotelli is capable of anything from the sublime to the ridiculous. He possesses tremendous athletic ability, but unlike many others in the game, he can match that athleticism with outstanding technical ability too. He may seen lethargic and disinterested at times, but Balotelli can change a game in an instant - something that Arsenal are in need of.

A player who relishes the big games, Arsenal are crying out for that kind of influential striker to come in and lead the team to the next level - and if a proven teacher like Wenger can harness the ability and attitude of Balotelli, then the £20m fee could be a bargain.

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