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Striker drought could scupper Arsenal's title hopes

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Last man standing: Giroud is at the moment the only fit Arsenal striker  (©GettyImages)
Last man standing: Giroud is at the moment the only fit Arsenal striker (©GettyImages).

Arsenal started this current campaign ambitious about their title prospects. These were boosted when the North- London side shattered their previous transfer record to sign German midfielder Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.

Whatever the extent of the club's plans for this season, the present look of Arsenal's attacking options places doubt about the club's title prospects.

Lukas Podolski is out for three months with a hamstring tear and Nicklas Bendtner hasn't made an appearance for the Gunners since last season, thus leaving Wenger with the pair of Olivier Giroud and new-boy Yaya Sanogo as his only options up front. 

Sanogo - who signed from Auxerre this summer - is however reported to have also joined Podolski on the the treatment table. The French striker sustained a back injury while on international duty with the France under-21 team and is a doubt for this weekend's clash with Sunderland.

As it stands, Arsenal are now left with Olivier Giroud as their only fit striker, which highlights their lack of depth up front; a situation that seems to have been overlooked amid the hype of Mesut Ozil's £42.5 million deadline day signing.

The Gunners were linked with an array of strikers over the summer, including Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain, Wayne Rooney, Karim Benzema and Demba Ba, whose loan move from Chelsea was blocked by the Blues at the last minute.

Although the arrival of Ozil was heralded as a good deal, several football pundits, including former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour, believe the north London club should have added a striker this summer.

The lack of recognised goalscorers could be Arsenal's undoing this term in their quest for a title after a long drought. For the title to be won, games must be won and the club desperately needs lethal strikers to win games.

It is hoped that Sanogo recovers on time and that Olivier Giroud remains fit until January, when Wenger will look to enhance his forward options in the transfer window. If not, Arsenal can all but kiss all hopes of a title this term goodbye.

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