Arsenal's problems in attack this season, against the big teams in particular, have been clear to see. Arsene Wenger was widely expected to solve this problem in this season's January transfer window, but the Gunners boss once again opted for the policy of drift, continuing with Yaya Sanogo and Nicklas Bendtner as back-up to Olivier Giroud.
Thus, Giroud has been forced to lead the line despite clearly looking exhausted in some of his 31 league games - more than any other striker in the Premier League - and anyone who witnessed Sanogo's finishing at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan would know the lanky youngster is far from quite ready yet.
Arsenal need a new striker to finally end their ten year league title drought, but who should they get?
1. Mario Balotelli
Pyromaniac Balotelli's return was met by Gazzetta dello Sport’s famous headline Balo is Back! And brought many to believe that AC Milan were back on the up.
But it's not quite worked that way; Milan are 8th in a declining Serie A, and although Balotelli has been characteristically inconsistent, he still has 13 goals and four assists in 25 matches.
Wenger may see Balotelli's bad boy antics as an opportunity to prove his ability to turn base metal into gold, and his arrogance and charisma could bring something different to Arsenal that they haven't had for a very very long time.
2. Jackson Martinez
The Colombian striker is scoring hatfuls at Porto, and aiming for a move to Europe’s elite. Sound familiar? Despite their similarities Martinez is a different animal to Radamel Falcao. He is fast and brings more players into the the game than his compatriot, and asset Wenger is renowned for holding in high regard.
Martinez's manager Leonel Alvarez said the two have one thing in common; "they both score lots of goals" and the fact that the 27-year-old scored 34 in his first season in Europe suggests he's ready to do it in the big leagues.
3. Josip Drmic
If you think of one thing that all Wenger strikers have had in common, its been a combination of quick feet and and blistering pace that could bamboozle any defender.
Even the flops have had this, with Gervinho having it in so much abundance that he seemed to bamboozle himself. The Swiss international is only 21 and has a €3m release clause should Nuremberg be relegated, the Bavarian outfit are currently second from bottom, mostly thanks to Drmic's 16 goals in his debut season.
The striker would not be the big marquee signing fans will be looking for, but a cut-price deal could represent good value for the Gunners.
4. Mario Mandzukic
Affectionately nicknamed "an animal" by Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer, Mandzukic's teamwork and clinical finishing would surely be perfect for Arsenal.
Despite the fact that Giroud works hard for the team, he often fails to stand up to the big boys and signing the Croatian would surely solve this issue, with his 17 goals in 28 games being proof of this, not to mention a goal in the Champions League final last season.
Bayern may deny it but the signing of Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund in the summer could complicate Mandzukic's position at Bayern, which could push the Croatian target man into Arsenal's clutches.
5. Robin Van Persie
Surely the little boy inside Van Persie can't be screaming already can it? The Dutch captain only moved to Manchester United last season for £24m where he fired the Red Devils to the title, his first in English football.
However, this season has been different for RVP, he has been plagued with injuries all season, only managing 18 appearances, which coincided with United's poor form seeing them drop not only out of the title race, but out of the top four too.
Despite this, Van Persie has still managed 11 goals and clearly has the magic touch in front of goal that may force Arsenal to launch a nostalgic bid for the 30 year-old.
6. Alvaro Morata
Real Madrid really shouldn't want to let 21-year-old Morata go, but their Galatico policy has meant first-team football has been hard to come by for the Spaniard.
Despite Morata's commitment to his boyhood club, rumours wont go away, and his goalscoring record of a goal every 48 minutes coupled his nervousness when playing at the Bernabeu has meant that a move away like his compatriots Roberto Soldado, Juan Mata and Alvaro Negredo, might be necessary for Morata to realise his full potential.
7. Javier Hernandez
Proven fox-in-the-box Hernandez has looked more and more frustrated with his current predicament at Old Trafford this season. He has regularly been overlooked by manger David Moyes, making just one league start in 2014, despite impressing in his cameo appearances, netting 9 times.
His goalscoring record of 59 goals in 148 appearances (66 of which have been as a sub) for United, and 35 in 57 for Mexico, coupled with his excellent disciplinary record and professionalism would make him a welcome addition to Arsene Wenger's side
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