The devastating blow of losing Theo Walcott for the most pivotal season run-in for years has many repercussions, one of which is the lack of depth up front.
Arsene Wenger has always maintained this season that he has plenty of options to supplement main man Olivier Giroud. Nicklas Bendnter now faces up to six weeks out, Lukas Podolski is only just returning to action and we can rely on Yaya Sanogo as much as we can Abou Diaby. Meanwhile U18 hat-trick hero Chuba Apkom is not ready for a step up to the senior stage.
Over the next few months Arsenal face difficult ties in the Premier League as they look to maintain top spot, a FA Cup fourth round tie and a double header with Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Walcott’s loss on the wing can be lessened with the emergence of Serge Gnabry as an exciting first team prospect, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back in full training this week. But what Walcott offered as a back-up for Giroud needs to be replaced, and fast.
If anything happened to Giroud, Wenger and Arsenal will be in the s**t to put it nicely. Sure we can utilize Ozil as a false nine, but we need a more direct option up top and/or someone to hold up play. So who should we sign?
Diego Costa, Luis Suarez and Karim Benzema are all out of the question. Jackson Martinez is ludicrously over-priced, but where we should be looking is closer to home. Edin Dzeko and Demba Ba would be good signings but much of that will depend on their respective clubs releasing them either on loan or permanently to title contenders mid-season. Manchester United on the other hand are not going to win the league, and barely seem to utilize Javier Hernandez. Now that would be a decent signing.
But it seems unlikely many of these star names will be available this January, such is the difficulty of buying in the winter especially in the top bracket of forwards. Let’s hope Wenger has something up his sleeve however, even if it is abroad, because the last thing we need is to rely on Park Chu Young for the title run-in!
What are your thoughts Gooners? Who do you think we should attempt to sign this winter?