28 days ago, I wrote that despite the addition of Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal were no closer to winning the Premier League title.
The thrust of that argument was that, compared to Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, Arsenal lacked a group of elite strikers.
City have four top-level candidates, Chelsea have two (plus whoever they replace Fernando Torres with) and Liverpool now have two plus Rickie Lambert in reserve. Arsenal have Yaya Sanogo, yet to score a Premier League goal.
And that was before Olivier Giroud went down injured.
The fingers crossed approach
Arsenal have spent the best part of £75m on two players - Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez - in consecutive summers and still don't have any competition for the Frenchman. This is calculated risk-taking that has gone too far.
Giroud's injury record at Arsenal has been superb up to now, but his workload last season left him overmatched and ultimately ineffective. As the season wore on, he wore down.
The Gunners cannot challenge for the title, let alone the Champions League, if Giroud is their only striker. Now that they may not even have him, it truly is panic stations. Throwing £30m-odd million at another attacking midfielder is not going to change that fact if Sanogo is going to be leading the line.
Arsenal fans now anxiously await news on Giroud's health, with a specialist set to report back on his damaged ankle in the coming days. He could be out for just weeks or several months depending on the report.
But it's not to much of an exaggeration to say that Arsenal's Premier League title hopes rest on the outcome.
If the French international is sidelined until November or even December, then Wenger will be forced back into the transfer market. Unfortunately for Gunners fans, the forward they have been linked with as a short-term stop-gap is the kind of cover-your-eyes-and-hope-it's-not-true transfer rumour of the very worst type.
The Nikola Zigic rumour mill grind into gear more swiftly than the Serbian has ever moved on the pitch. From the initial reports last night to claims today that a medical has been set, Zigic has somehow emerged as the first striker Wenger is ready to turn to in the event of a Giroud emergency.
This surely cannot be true.
In case you're not familiar with Zigic, he's a 6ft-7in behemoth who has spent the last four years at Birmingham City generally being a nuisance in the Championship. His record there is an underwhelming 32 goals in 128 games.
According to one of his former managers, he was responsible for one of the most unprofessional training sessions ever witnessed. His reported £65,000-a-week wages contributed to Birmingham's financial implosion and he hardly repaid that outlay with anything special on the pitch.
Zigic will make Arsenal fans wish for Nicklas Bendtner back.
The Ox insists striker doesn't affect team
AOZ (Anyone but Zigic)
Of course, Wenger may go with Sanchez, but the Chilean international needs time to adapt to a role he's barely played in over the last four years - and he looked suitably rusty in the first half against Everton.
Joel Campbell is yet to gain Wenger's trust, and mostly operates out wide. As mentioned, Sanogo is not the answer to any question involving an Arsenal striker, apart from possibly, 'Who missed that sitter?'
Even then, that may be rhetorical.
So, what's the best case scenario for dealing with the worst? If Giroud is out, and even if he's not, Wenger must sign another striker. Jackson Martinez is available (Porto players are always available for the right price), while it's still worth exploring Karim Benzema if Real Madrid are serious about Radamel Falcao.
Neither will come cheap, but title challenges don't these days. Just look at United's outlay, or Liverpool's, or Manchester City's, or Chelsea's.
Arsenal are in a better financial position than most, the stadium is built and sells out, Champions League is assured, and in Wenger they possess a manager most players want to work with.
The only thing letting them down? A strike-force that falls well short of matching up to their rivals. The Giroud injury represents opportunity. It must force Wenger into the market for a top-class forward.
That way, when the Frenchman returns, he has genuine competition for his place. Without it, Arsenal risk groundhog day again in the Premier League. And groundhog day looks like fourth place.
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