Arsene Wenger has admitted that the serious knee injury sustained by Theo Walcott has left him hunting a new striker.
Walcott was ruled out for the rest of the season with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament sustained in the FA Cup third round tie against local rivals Tottenham.
Ironically, Walcott was featuring in a central position for the second time this season for the Gunners against Spurs after injuries to Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner left Wenger with no other option.
With Bendtner still three weeks away from a return to fitness, it leaves Arsenal with Giroud as the only recognised striker to choose from.
Now Wenger has admitted that the injury to Walcott has added urgency to his hunt for a new striker, but does admit it will be difficult to find an adequate replacement halfway through the season.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, Wenger said: "[The injury] has accelerated speculation first and of course my desire as well.
"Up front we lose Theo as a potential central forward and that’s maybe where we have to look outside. We are there for the opportunities but it’s very difficult at the moment."
Arsenal have been linked with a number of strikers including Alvaro Morata, Jackson Martinez and Diego Costa but Wenger remained keen to reiterate that he still has plenty of options within his squad.
"Let’s not forget about Serge Gnabry who can play in the first team," he continued
"We have [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain back and we have many other players who can play on the flanks so to find better solutions than what we have internally will not be easy."