As the January transfer window approaches, various managers across Europe's big leagues are running the rule over their team's performances in the first half of the season, with a view to strengthening their playing personnel against the backdrop of facing pressure or failing to deliver the goods.
Arsenal have maintained their fine start to the season, losing just three times while earning rave reviews for their eye-catching style of play. However, despite their impressive form, it is evident that the team needs strengthening in some key areas, particularly the attack.
While the Gunners have an embarrassing depth of riches in the middle of the park, they are painfully short of personnel in the final third of the pitch.
For all of Olivier Giroud's improved output this season, he has not particularly inspired confidence in the manner he converts chances created by the likes of Ozil, Ramsey, Arteta and Cazorla.
Nickaus Bendtner is the only out-and-out striker Arsenal has. A team with Bendtner as a back-up striker is not a title-challenging team and Arsene Wenger should know deep down inside that the Dane is not the real deal.
Arsenal have long been linked with French international striker, Karim Benzema and Arsene Wenger has remained a huge admirer of the striker. At some point during the previous summer, he even made an enquiry about the player from Real Madrid.
However, Benzema has not really set the La Liga alight with dozens of goals.
Considering the fact the La Liga is played at a less frenetic pace as the Premier League as well as the quality of the midfield supply channels that has served him over the last couple of seasons, 97 goals in 178 appearances for the Los Merengues as compared to his former teammate, Gonzalo Higuain's healthy return of 108 in 190 appearances represents a not-so-fertile return from the striker, a point which is not lost on the Madrid hierarchy.
Knowing that Wenger is a huge admirer of the striker, they are keen to offload him to make way for a more prolific striker, which could either be Luis Suarez or Sergio Aguero.
After leaving Arsenal in the summer for FC Barcelona, Alex Song has found first team opportunities hard to come by. Despite leaving the Gunners on a high, after being voted club's second best player of the season behind Robin Van Persie, he has not been able to break into the Barcelona set up despite the sorry state of Barcelona's back line.
Reports have it that a return to the Premier League is on the cards for the former Bastia player, and Manchester United and Arsenal have been placed on alert as Wenger is considering the option of bringing him back to the club.
Defensively, Song was woeful during his time at Arsenal. His primary responsibility which was to shield the back four was abdicated as he made forays upfront to join the attack, thereby exposing the back line to deadly counter attacks.
In the four years he held sway as the midfield enforcer, the Gunners shipped a whooping 170 goals, a direct consequence of his forays up front.
Apart from his tactical deficiency, his sluggishness has been exposed at Barcelona where he has not been able to play the high-pressing, high-tempo game that the Catalans are known to play.
In a crowded midfield where Mathieu Flamini has been a revelation, it is obvious to the discerning eye that Alex Song cannot fit into this Arsenal team that has one of the meanest defences in the English top flight.
It will therefore pay Arsenal more if they considered better options especially in keeping with the quality of the likes of record signing, Mesut Ozil.
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