Arsenal have reportedly been pro-active in the market, looking to bolster their attacking options to help support Frenchman, Olivier Giroud upfront. Manager, Arsene Wenger already has Lukas Podolski as well as having tested Gervinho in the center, showing his lack of faith in the declined Marouane Chamakh in the process, however, the versatile German international seems better equipped on the wings while Gervinho, who has been scoring, still doesn’t seem to fully familiarize with his new role. Having been linked with Fernando Llorente, Abel Hernandez, Adrian Lopez and Stevan Jovetic, Wenger could take a punt on a player who could go for less than £5 million – Manchester City’s 20-year-old, John Guidetti.
The Sweden international – dubbed the new Zlatan Ibrahimovic - is far from even being a squad player at the Etihad Stadium with Mario Balotelli, Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez all above him in the pecking order while manager, Roberto Mancini has been watching Radamel Falcao to reportedly add to his impressive strike force, but that doesn’t mean Guidetti isn’t talented.
He was always going to find it hard to break through to the City eleven – after all, not a single player from the academy or reserve team has become a first team regular under Mancini as of now. After impressing for the City U18’s, scoring 13 goals in 19 games, Guidetti was shipped out on loan during the 2011/2012 season to Dutch side, Feyenoord where he impressed immensely, scoring 20 goals and assisting 8 in just 23 league appearances, including a hat trick against champions, Ajax. His performances led to a call up to the Swedish national team, where he earned his first cap at the tender age of 19.
Feyenoord coach, Ronald Koeman had nothing but praise for the Swedish youngster during his loan spell - "I think that John can be as good as Zlatan Ibrahimovic. I've coached them both. Zlatan struggled a lot more than John to find his way in Netherlands. John is on the same level as players such as Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart at that age. If you're capable of that at the age of 19, and can be this important for a team, you're going to become a big player. Simple as that." Swedish star, Ibrahimovic added to the praise after Guidetti’s debut for the Swedish national team saying that “John is a player who carries something special.” High praise from a special player himself.
Now back at the Etihad Stadium following his loan spell in Holland, Guidetti has found himself back in the reserve team, barely getting a sniff of first team action and looking to keep it that way, now that Manchester City were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Aston Villa. Having made his stance clear during his Feyenoord loan spell about being a reserve player, saying, “I don't want to be a reserve at City, I can't be,” Guidetti would be wise to leave Manchester in hope of first team football as he’s at a crucial stage of his career. And what better place to go for a young striker than Arsenal – a team known to give youth a chance.
Wenger was reportedly interested in the Swedish youngster in 2011 and with good reason, considering his talent and a move would certainly be a step up for Guidetti, making the transition from a reserve striker role to a squad striker role at Arsenal. Under Wenger, Guidetti would be given the chance to further his development, both as a player and as a person, as he has all the qualities to succeed in England – strong, quick, intelligent, tenacious as well as an eye for goal. He would certainly aid his development being an understudy to Giroud, taking up opportunities when he gets them to show his quality to the Emirates faithful.
There is of course, the doubt if Manchester City would sell to Arsenal – it’d seem unlikely but no one can know for sure seeing as Arsenal haven’t been linked with any City player in the recent past, and if Guidetti signals a desire to move to north London, much like how former Arsenal player, Samir Nasri signalled his desire not so long ago to move opposite ways, a deal is very likely. Arsenal haven’t had a Swedish star in a while since Freddie Ljungberg, and Guidetti could compete alongside Arsenal youngster, Kristoffer Olsson in a bid to be the next one. If Wenger does move for Guidetti, City should not stop in his way – after all, they owe him a favour or two.