Thierry Henry has questioned where Arsenal's goals are going to come from if Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez fail to rekindle their best form soon.
Arsenal's Premier League title challenge took a significant turn for the worse on Sunday after suffering a 3-2 defeat against what looked a lot like a second-string Manchester United side.
They now sit six points behind leaders Leicester City and will need wins in their next two games against Swansea and Tottenham to reestablish themselves in the race.
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However, Henry, himself the club's most successful striker, wonders where goals will come from if their attacking players continue to fall short.
In particular, the Sky Sports pundit pointed at Walcott, who has just four goals in the Premier League this season, as a particular disappointment.
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"Theo should have done better, we all agree on that and especially this season," Henry told Sky Sports News.
"Olivier has been scoring a lot of goals and at the moment is not scoring, Alexis Sanchez has been suffering a bit. What happened to the other part of the team?
"Who was scoring goals when Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole were not scoring? Who was scoring goals when [Sergio] Aguero was not scoring? [Carlos] Tevez, Edin Dzeko. Who was scoring goals at Arsenal when I was having a [barren] run? Sylvain Wiltord. And I can go through teams that won the title like that."
Meanwhile, Leicester and Tottenham are finding that other players are stepping into the breach when Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane are not at their best. That has been the difference in recent games and may yet prove definitive in the title race.
"Now, and I'm not trying to find any excuses like that because your usual suspects need and have to perform," Henry added. "But what is happening when they are not scoring? Who is going is going to come from the bench and change the game?
"[Leonardo] Ulloa did it at the weekend for Leicester. Who scored for Tottenham at the weekend? Harry Kane? No, [Danny] Rose and [Nacer] Chadli, that's how you win a league."
While Walcott has been a major disappointment this season, there is much to be said about Sanchez and his inability to hit top form following his return from a hamstring injury. The Chilean last scored in the Premier League in October and hasn't registered a goal or an assist in any of his last six games.
Meanwhile, Giroud's drought is currently nine games across all competitions. The Frenchman scored ten Premier League goals before the turn of the year and looked a candidate for the Golden Boot but just two league goals in 2016 has seen him fall away.