If Arsene Wenger was unsure just how much Arsenal need a new striker, then the performance against Leicester City must surely make him realise how short he is in attack.
The Gunners dominated in terms of chances created, having 24 shots throughout the game. However the stat that they only managed to get six shots on target scoring just one goal against a newly promoted side highlights the problem facing Arsenal. Yaya Sanogo was a nuisance but he simply is not good enough to lead Arsenal on a sustainable charge towards the title.
Not good enough
If you consider the caliber of strikers available to Arsenal compared to their title rivals, the gulf in class is obvious. it is also hard to imagine either Jose Mourinho or Manuel Pellegrini showing the same level of persistence that Wenger is giving Sanogo.
Throughout the summer, Arsenal fans have been pleading with Wenger to invest in a world class striker to help take the pressure of Olivier Giroud and help Arsenal push on from last seasons FA Cup success. However in typical Wenger fashion, he has refused and is adamant that he already has enough at his disposal, even after Olivier Giroud was ruled out with a broken ankle.
Whilst he has spent heavily to bring Alexis Sanchez to the club, and the Chilean opened his Premier League account yesterday, it is clear that he will be better suited playing out wide as oppose to through the middle. That leaves Wenger with Joel Campbell Lukas Podolski and the hopeless Yaya Sanogo as his only out and out strikers.
With Giroud expected to be out until the new year, Arsenal should have broke the bank to go out and secure the services of a top class striker, such as Radamel Falcao or Karim Benzema. But now with hours before the transfer window closes, many fans are fearing that it has been left too late.
The most frustrating thing for Arsenal fans is seeing their title rivals bring in strikers who are already making a huge difference for their clubs, the likes of which Arsenal could have bought had they not been so reluctant to spend big money.
But what Wenger does not realise is that is the state of the market at the moment and while Romelu Lukaku and Diego Costa have been expensive, the investment will be worth it if Chelsea win the Premier League and Everton finish in the top four.
As the transfer window draws to a close, it remains to be seen if Arsenal will be involved in any last minute dealings. However even if the are, the quality of player that Arsenal fans are desperate for may no longer be available.