The one Group D player Arsenal should sign after the World Cup

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The World Cup group stage is over, and many players have caught the eye with their impressive displays ahead of the transfer window.

Group D saw one of the shocks of the World Cup, as relative minnows Costa Rica beat both Uruguay and Italy to take top spot, whilst England crashed out with just one point. There were plenty of other incidents, none more publicised than Luis Suarez biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in another shocking act from the Liverpool star.

A number of players impressed in Brazil from Group D, with a host of unheralded Costa Rican players making names for themselves, but Arsenal should instead be looking to snap up one of the bigger names from the group.

AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli had a tough World Cup. He may have scored the winning goal against England in the opening game for Italy, but he came in for plenty of criticism from the Italian media following the tournament for his nonchalant attitude and petulant antics upon being substituted.

Despite the indifferent tournament for the former Manchester City striker, the 23-year-old is still one of the most talented forwards in Europe. He needs a manager who can get the best out of him, and for that reason alone, it's no surprise to see that he's been regularly linked with a move to Arsenal.

Manager Arsene Wenger could be the man to bring the best out of Balotelli, and everyone knows how much the Gunners need a striker, having seen how Frenchman Olivier Giroud struggled to cope with the workload on his own last season.

Factor in that Arsenal have recently signed a deal with Puma to manufacture their kit, Balotelli figures to be a potential target given that he's one of Puma's star endorsements – and many people have noted his fact since the announcement of the deal.

It may be something of an uncharacteristic signing from Wenger, but in order to keep winning trophies after ending their nine-year drought against Hull City in the FA Cup final, he must bring in more firepower – even if that brings headaches with it, as Balotelli no doubt will.

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