When rumours began to circulate that Per Mertesacker was facing up to five months on the sidelines with a knee injury, the response amongst Arsenal fans was unanimous.
It wasn't to wish the German well on his recovery, but instead to urge Arsene Wenger to sign a new centre-back.
The Gunners have long needed a superior partner alongside Laurent Koscielny yet the best they have managed in recent years is Calum Chambers and Gabriel Paulista, both of whom so far failing to make the grade.
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It would seem Wenger is on the lookout for a new centre-half, though, with one name on fans' lips: Shkodran Mustafi.
The Germany international has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium and, in an interesting development, has reportedly been made available for €25 million by Valencia.
It's worth taking the above claim with a pinch of salt - and a big one at that - but nevertheless, the rumour has prompted Arsenal fans to demand his signing.
This comes after Wenger revealed he is looking for "experience" where a new centre-back is concerned.
According to the Mirror, he said: "We have to look for an option to get a bit more experience. We will see some of our young centre backs on Thursday as well.
"With Per being out, we are a bit short on the experience front and we are looking to bring somebody in."
The Frenchman appears to be aware of the crisis - and the backlash - he faces if he doesn't bolster his defensive options, with a new striker also needed heading into the new Premier League season.