Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Olivier Giroud faces three to four months out after undergoing surgery to repair a broken left foot, but was hardly glowing about the prospect of signing extra strike cover before the transfer window slams shut.
Giroud needed an operation to repair the damage sustained in stoppage time against Everton and was hastily booked in for surgery yesterday.
Wenger refusing to entertain panic buy
The French forward will likely be sidelined until at least the back end of December, a huge blow which has seen Arsenal linked with the likes of Radamel Falcao, Loic Remy, Danny Welbeck, and more depressingly Nikola Zigic.
Wenger was asked about all of those potential signings last night and said "no" to each one in turn, insisting that his Champions League match winner Alexis Sanchez has been bought primarily to play through the middle.
In his post-match press conference Wenger told GiveMeSport: "He can play his whole life at centre-forward, not just three or four months. I bought him to play as a striker, not only on the flanks.
"You ask me straight away who will we buy? At the moment nobody.
"We are open for any position as long as we feel the player can strengthen the squad. Buy to buy? I don't see the purpose of that. If we feel we have a player who can give something to our squad, we'll do it in any position. We're open."
Sanchez ready to shine
Sanchez certainly paid back a large chunk of his £35 million pound transfer fee last night, scoring just before half-time to break Besiktas hearts on a nervy night at the Emirates.
The Chilean speedster is a very different type of forward to Giroud though, using his pace and power to meet precise passes rather than providing a focal point in the penalty area.
Wenger now looks ready to put his faith in Sanchez and a supporting cast which includes Yaya Sanogo, Joel Campbell and Lukas Podolski, an enormous gamble to say the least.
After securing Champions League football for the 17th successive season Wenger has reason to have courage in his own conviction, but don't be surprised in the slightest if Arsenal do business between now and Monday's 11pm transfer deadline.