Arsenal are in the market for a striker – or at least they should be – in January.
Olivier Giroud has started the season fantastically well for the Gunners, scoring four goals in six Premier League appearances this term.
However, the title challengers have a chilling lack of depth behind the Frenchman, with Nicklas Bendtner next in line to the horror of the club’s fans.
The manager has admitted that it’s the one key area of concern for the club, despite them flying high domestically and in Europe, and there certainly are options available in the New Year.
A handful of players have been mooted as targets, with Javier Hernandez and Demba Ba two non-starters because of the clubs they currently play for. That means Arsenal need to look a little deeper in the market, either lower down in the English top flight or abroad to some big-name players like Diego Costa or Karim Benzema.
But, with Wenger already blowing the budget once this year on a player, it’s probably unrealistic to think he’ll do it twice in one season, which could rule out that duo.
Michu is now ambitiously valued at £30million by Swansea City, so that’s another potential target quite probably ruled out. That’s no reason to fear however, because there are some very good players available for a lot less than that particular price.
And, in my opinion, Loic Remy is the pick of the bunch.
The QPR forward scored 6 goals in 14 league games after arriving at Loftus Road in January, but was unable to save the Hoops from relegation.
Newcastle then took the player to St. James’ Park on a season-long loan, and he’s certainly maintained his goalscoring form on Tyneside, netting five goals in five games for the Toon thus far.
Remy has a decent goals record throughout his career, scoring 11 and then 16 goals in two seasons with Nice, before notching 17 and then 20 goals for Marseille.
It’s certainly a record that’s peaked the interest of a number of clubs, with Tottenham Hotspur one of those keen on the player.
Indeed, Andre Villas-Boas is another manager relatively light in attack, with Roberto Soldado, Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor the Spurs manager’s only options.
The Togolese striker isn’t exactly in favour with the Tottenham Hotspur manager either, so it’s easy to see why they want the Frenchman in north London.
But, Wenger certainly knows his French players in particular, and was reportedly close to bringing the player to the Emirates Stadium in the early stages of the summer.
A move didn’t materialise, and at this stage it hasn’t cost them. But, the draw against West Brom at the weekend proved that, without anyone to turn too after Giroud, they may well struggle when they need to find a late goal.
Remy, having already proved himself in the Premier League, is the ideal man for the job. And, without playing in Europe this season, he can also add to the Gunners' ranks in the Champions League.
The question is, can Wenger agree a fee with Harry Redknapp when the opportunity arises in January?