Gervinho's simple tap in miss encapsulated Arsenal's striking problem they faced last night. Arsene Wenger's refusal to play Lukas Podoski up front combined with Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott's injuries meant the club were left short.
It shouldn't surprise fans, who called for a new striker to be brought in the summer to fill the void left by Robin van Persie, and had to suffer the sight of Marouane Chamakh coming off the bench. Watching him miss in the penalty shootout just rubbed salt in the wound.
But if fans can wash away the horrible taste of defeat for a moment, the solution to their problems could be just around the corner.
Van Persie's rival in the Dutch side, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar could be available in January, for anything between £4 million and £10 million according to reports. French newspaper L'Equipe even claimed a deal between Arsenal and the player had been done, although the player's agent recently denied this stating the Dutchman would hold talks with his club Schalke in January.
He is certainly an attractive proposition, he showed the Gunners exactly what he can do by scoring past them home and away in the Champions League earlier this season. He has scored 12 times in 24 games for Schalke this season. However last season his stats were even more spectacular, 48 goals in 48 games for his club.
Arsenal need his goalscoring talents, somebody to get on the end of their attacking play and be ruthless. Could you see Huntelaar missing a simple gilt-edged chance like Gervinho last night? No us neither.
Despite the outcry over the defeat against Bradford, Arsenal are not a terrible side. They are only two points off a top four place in the Premier League, and past history has shown punters would be foolish to bet against them securing a Champions League place once again.
The club have among the best midfielders in the league. In Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla, the pair have the talent and capability to turn any game. Their efforts were pointless last night with the wasteful Gervinho in attack, but with a ruthless striker like Huntelaar, Arsenal can be a real force again.
It may seem terrible now, in the wake of probably the most embarrassing defeat in Wenger's entire time as manager, but if they can sign one of the most emphatic strikers in European football at present, the club's prospects will rise quickly and the Bradford game will soon be consigned to a distant memory.
On the pitch that is at least. The problems in Arsenal's boardroom are another matter entirely...
Is it that simple? Can Huntelaar solve Arsenal's woes?
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