Mario Balotelli

Badboy strikers aren’t really Arsene Wenger’s bag – just ask Copenhagen party animal Nicklas Bendtner.

But former Manchester City star Mario Balotelli could be viewed as a necessary evil; he netted a vital 13 goals amid the Citizens last successful title campaign, and has produced a return of 29 goals in 47 appearances since joining AC Milan in January 2013.

The Italy international’s quality is not in doubt – we are yet to witness anything he can’t do with the ball at his feet, and Balotelli has long-been tipped to become a world-class striker, having claimed Europe’s Golden Boy award back in 2010.

Still just 23 years of age, the 12-goal-29-cap Italian forward could realise that potential at Arsenal, and his enigmatic personality would shake up the Emirates roster somewhat. As they say, nice guys finish last – or in the Gunner’s case, nice guys finish fourth.


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