Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will consider adding a striker to his squad, should the right deal come about.
With Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh participating in the African Nations Cup in the New Year, The Gunners are set to be without the pair for a month of the season, a crucial period as the club look to build on their eight-match unbeaten run.
Robin Van Persie has scored 33 Premier League goals this calendar year, however, the Dutch would need to produce similar exploits to the second half of the lasts season, which saw him net 18 goals for Arsenal.
"We lose players like Chamakh and Gervinho to the Africa Cup of Nations, so hopefully touch wood we do not get any injuries to our strikers," Wenger said.
"But if an opportunity turns up in that department then we will buy.
"The situation, I must say, is a bit special. Economically the whole environment has changed and people suffer more. The clubs will suffer more financially and it's much more difficult.
"Maybe we will have some opportunities because we are in a good financial situation."
Arsenal have been linked with a host of strikers including Brazilian Leandro Damiao and Frenchman Karim Benzema.
However, a move for German forward Lucas Podolski is more likely, with both Arsenal and the player reportedly interested in completing a deal.
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