Another transfer market is almost over and Arsene Wenger has again been quiet.

Normally, lack of activity in the transfer window from Wenger would cause Arsenal fans to panic - this time they should not be.

With Theo Walcott committing his future to the club a week ago, Arsenal do not face losing another in-form striker, with the former Southampton speedster having already netted a career-high 17 goals this season, 10 in the league.

Along with the England international, Arsenal's three new signings in Olivier Giroud (8), Santi Cazorla (8) and Lukas Podolski (7) have amassed 39 league goals this season.

That is five more than Manchester United's striking quartet of Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney.

With Gervinho rediscovering his goal-scoring touch for the Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain breathing down the necks of the starting wide men, the Gunners are not short on attacking options.

It's only left to for one of these attackers to become a 25-30 goals a season man.

Only time will tell if Arsenal's front men fully adapt to their roles in England, with Walcott currently acclimatising to his new central position. 

With the attacking options looking bountiful, the Arsenal faithful are increasingly worried about the lack of a defensive-minded midfielder and an accident-prone back four.

One must concede that these areas could be strengthened, but not with a lack of world-class players available to Wenger at a discount price - not many better than Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby and Mikel Arteta anyway.

As for the defence Kieran Gibbs has grown into is role but is still weak defensively, while the same goes for his cover or lack of it in Andre Santos.

Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Koscielny and Thomas Vermaelen continue to make unforced errors but these issues can be dealt with, as they are quality defenders.

There is a sense that Wenger's philosophy is to blame for the side's defensive woes rather than the players. 

For example, Gael Clichy looked like a weak link in Arsenal's defence at wing-back, but has been solid since leaving for Manchester City.

Whilst there is room for improvement, Arsenal certainly have a base to work from. 

They are currently 6th in the league, just four points off the Champions League places and splashing the cash may not be in Arsenal's best interests at this stage in the season.

 

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