Emmanuel Petit says Arsenal still need a striker to win the league

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With each passing year without winning the Premier League, it has got harder and harder for Arsenal supporters to stay loyal to Arsene Wenger.

After recently celebrating the 20th anniversary of his appointment as Gunners boss, Wenger has guided his team to a strong start to the season and they currently sit joint-top of the table with Manchester City.

Fans of the club are all too aware that it is still too early to suggest their 12-year title drought could be about to come to an end and one of their former midfield generals has already cast doubt on Arsenal's credentials.

Emmanuel Petit, who spent three years in north London between 1997-2000, doesn't think they have enough firepower up front to compete at the Premier League's summit.

Arsenal brought in Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna late in August, however, both he and Olivier Giroud find themselves behind Alexis Sanchez in Wenger's pecking order to lead the line.

And despite winning six matches in a row, Petit says they are still one prolific goalscorer away from the title.

"Even though I love Arsenal and Arsene, I try to stay objective," Petit told SFR Sport.

"They never quite satisfy me, and they often frustrate me.

"As long as Arsenal don't have a striker who scores 40 goals a season like (Sergio) Aguero does at Manchester City. That's what you need in any league: a striker who is one of the best in the world."

Aguero has certainly proved over the last few years that any side who possess his services are likely to be involved in the title race, regardless of the quality of his teammates.

Finding a striker who can score 40 goals in a single term is tough enough, never mind trying to convince his club to sell to him.

Before Perez, Arsenal failed with bids for Jamie Vardy and Alexandre Lacazette but after their recent good form, Wenger might now feel satisfied with his attacking options.

Theo Walcott has started the campaign brightly and leads Arsenal's scoring charts with seven goals in all competitions.

Meanwhile, Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have also chipped in with five and three strikes respectively.

Arsenal might not have one player who can reach Petit's ambitious 40-goal target but if those previously mentioned three can stay fit and score 50 or 60 between themselves, who knows what might happen?

It could just be their year.

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