Danny Welbeck is on course to make his return from injury in the coming weeks, but Arsenal supporters shouldn't get their hopes up.
Arsene Wenger has said recently, as quoted by Daily Mail: "I am confident I won't find a better player than Welbeck on the market. I prefer to have the injured players back with everyone available." But is the former Monaco manager right? Is there anyone better?
NOT MUCH OF A BARGAIN
In September, 2014, Welbeck was signed and hailed as a £16 million bargain. Questions were raised when Ed Woodward allowed the former Manchester United striker to go to their title rivals.
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While the Red Devils could do with a forward now, Welbeck wouldn't solve their problems either.
Since his move on deadline day, the England International, has fired in four Premier League goals. That's £4 million a goal - hardly value for money.
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While the Arsenal forward can add much-needed pace to the Gunners, he lacks composure in front of goal, to finish off his intelligent runs.
Olivier Giroud has been in impressive form of late, but even he can be a bit erratic. Similar to Theo Walcott, who doesn't seem to understand the movement required in that role.
Arsenal fans will be desperate for their team to sign a striker in January, but it's now probably too late.
Wenger is probably right that Welbeck is the best player on the market, because there simply isn't any top quality forwards on the market in the winter window.
There are certainly top strikers around, but they're more likely to be unavailable until the summer, or were obtainable last transfer window.
The Arsenal manager should be kicking himself he didn't sign a consistent centre-forward in the last market, which could have enhanced their title credentials.
Yes, they're top of the league, but the 3-3 draw to an out-of-form, and injury-hit Liverpool, shows the vulnerabilities the Arsenal squad has when tackling tough away matches.
Conceding seven goals against Southampton and the Reds isn't good enough, and although that's not the striker's fault for shipping too many goals, it is still a problem.
Giroud missed key chances against Tottenham, Norwich and the Saints - games in which they all dropped points in. While, Walcott is very susceptible to injuries.
They’re both excellent back-up strikers, but the north London club need consistency if they want to win the major honours.
One option Wenger had in the summer was Pierre-Emmerick Aubameyang. Although he has stated recently he wouldn't join Arsenal, that's probably because he is enjoying scoring goals under his new manager Thomas Tuchel.
If the Gunners put as much effort as they reportedly did, in trying to sign Karim Benzema, the Gabon forward would have almost certainly have loved to be playing at the Emirates.
At the time, Borussia Dortmund, had recently lost Jurgen Klopp, and the former Saint-Etienne striker was often played on the wing, an unnatural position for him.
An opportunity to play up front for Arsenal is something he wouldn’t have hesitated at.
Mauro Icardi, Alvaro Morata and Alexandre Lacazette could have been signed in the summer and are likely to be available when the season is over.
Those are players Wenger could have relied on to help take his side to the title. While the Arsenal boss can say there aren't any forwards better than Welbeck available now, their certainly were attackers who could score more than four league goals in the last window.
Will he regret not adding some more firepower to this side? Giroud is trying to save him, but you just have a feeling in the long-term the Frenchman might not be able to carry this side alone.
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