For a man usually so reluctant to give away any details of his club's affairs, Arsene Wenger has been very open in admitting the urgency Arsenal face in recruiting more fire power.
It was the injury to the resurgent Nicklas Bendtner, as he struck Arsenal to a last minute victory against Cardiff, that initially raised questions of the Gunners attacking strength. But despite this, there was a feeling that the workload could be shared between OlivierGiroud, Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski if need be.
But ultimately, Wenger's hand is being forced by the devastating injury to Walcott, who will be out for at least six months having proved himself a major goal threat this season since his return from injury, netting five in his last six appearances.
And with Podolski appearing unable to fill the attacking void, Wenger has plunged himself into the transfer market.
In an interview with Arsenal Player, Wenger admitted that Walcott's injury has 'accelerated' his desire to spend in January, and with the subsequent speculation which followed came a flurry of names, some more promising than others.
The name on everybody's lips this January is Diego Costa and his release clause of £32 million. Although money is not a problem for the Gunners, the competition to sign Costa is fierce, and he is unlikely to decide to leave Athletico Madrid in a world cup year, as his form is prolific and he has ambitions of being a part of the Spanish squad, despite his Brazilian blood.
Another potential striker signing is that of Jackson Martinez at Porto; although his name does not carry quite the star quality of Diego Costa, Martinez has established himself as an efficient goalscorer in Portugal, netting 38 in 44 appearances for Porto and has openly expressed his admiration for Arsenal.
Were the Gunners to opt for the Colombian striker, he could prove a major boost for their title challenge.
Finally, and perhaps more realistically, the north London club have been strongly linked with a move for ex-Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov.
Berbatov is a player who oozes class and goalscoring prowess and despite being in his thirties, would surely prove the perfect stop-gap solution until the summer at least.
It is largely accepted that Arsenal need to replenish their attack this summer, but if they are to have any hope at winning the Premier League this season and competing with the massive Manchester City squad, fans will hope that any signing they do make goes on to replicate the impact Antonio Reyes, whose performances after signing in the January transfer window in the 2003-04 season helped fire Arsenal to the title.
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