There are reports this morning that Arsene Wenger has instructed his Arsenal scouts to identify a top-class striker to be brought in during the January transfer window, with Fernando Llorente, Adrián López, Robert Lewandowski and Stevan Jovetic reported to be top of his wish-list.
Although Wenger has been experimenting with different players in the centre-forward role, the Frenchman has realised that only having Olivier Giroud as his only out-and-out hitman could be a negative in the second half of the season if Arsenal are going to aim to challenge on all fronts against the much deeper squads of Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs.
This report was published in the Mail and if that was the only one I may not have taken it seriously, but as the reliable Jeremy Wilson has also reported it in the Telegraph then I am assured that he has contacts within the Arsenal camp.
As the games start to come thick and fast from December, even if Giroud finally becomes a regular scorer for the team there is simply no way that he can be played in every single game and further risk the danger of injury or burnout from his first season in the Premiership, so it only logical that Wenger understands he will need a top class back-up striker (or even to supplant Giroud as first-choice starter.)
But whoever Arsenal bring in (and I think I would prefer Llorente from the above list) there is always the danger that ANY new arrival may also need time to bed in, so personally I would prefer to steal a proven Premiership scorer from one of our rivals. For me that would point me to Demba Ba, who is still vulnerable to his buy-out clause in January.
Who would you choose if you were Wenger?