Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Reportedly Agree Deal For Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic

   on June 05 2013 10:02 AM

Arsenal have reportedly agreed a deal for Partizan Belgrade striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. A report in Metro, citing unconfirmed sources in Serbia, suggests the Gunners will sign the 18-year-old.

The potential move continues two prominent trends from Arsenal's transfer business so far. It is another deal that boosts the Gunners options in attack.

It is also the second unheralded youngster manager Arsene Wenger has opted to sign. The Frenchman has already secured 20-year-old forward Yaya Sanogo.

Wenger seems content to continue trusting the promise of youth, over established marquee names. That is a recruitment pattern that is likely to raise the ire of sections of Arsenal's support.

This is after all, supposed to be the summer when Wenger changes his controversial transfer habits. Apparently armed with £70 million in funds, Wenger is widely expected to spend big on experienced talents.

Names like Gonzalo Higuain and Wayne Rooney are not usually linked with Arsenal during a transfer window. This year is different, with consistent links to £25 million-rated signings.

Apparently nobody has told Wenger, who still seems keen to lay a foundation of youthful potential. Mitrovic fits that pattern. The bullish teenage striker is a powerful and technically assured force in attack.

He works well with the ball at his feet, displaying impressive skill for a 6'3" striker. Mitrovic also uses his height to pose a significant aerial threat.

Of course potential is one thing, and while Mitrovic has promising attributes, few will believe he would be able to make an instant impact. But both Mitrovic and Sanogo certainly boost the depth at the striker position.

Aside from Olivier Giroud, Arsenal lack a true centre-forward. Now Wenger has seemingly acquired two youngsters who offer the same physical threat as the Frenchman, as well as boasting greater pace and excellent technique.

This is a modest start to a pivotal summer, to say the least. But Wenger's track record of converting unheralded gems into stars, makes Mitrovic's possible arrival more than intriguing.

If the 18-year-old former Partizan prodigy did make the grade, Wenger will have secured an elite striker for a bargain sum.