Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger has be warned against making a move for Italian striker Mario Balotelli by former Gunners hero Alan Smith.

The north London outfit have emerged as shock candidates to bring the ex-Manchester City ace back to the Premier League from AC Milan in recent weeks, after rumours spread that he is unhappy at the San Siro.

Although a talented footballer, Balotelli has often bagged just as many front-page headlines for his off-field antics as he has back-page praise.

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This has led some to question his mental approach and commitment, but dispite this Arsenal are being linked with an offer in the region of £30m for his signature.

Smith – a former Highbury icon – believes that Wenger should not contemplate taking a gamble on the controversial goal-getter:

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

Smith instead wants Wenger to move for Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic to solve Arsenal’s attacking issues:

“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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    Rang Klos
    5 months ago

    “He’s someone who commands the headlines and there’s always something going on with him off the field. – I thought he’s talking about Jack Wilshere ;D

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