Arsenal chief executive wants new striker signed

Olivier Giroud

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis says that Arsene Wenger "needs" to bring in a new striker in January.

The Gunners are enjoying an incredible start to the season, with their last league defeat coming on the opening day of the season in a shock 3-1 loss to Aston Villa. Since then, Wenger splashed out in the transfer market to sign German international playmaker Mesut Ozil for £42.5m, whilst also adding Mathieu Flamini and goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano.

However, fans and pundits alike are seemingly unanimous in their belief that Arsenal should stil look to strengthen in the January transfer window, particularly if they harbour ambitions of clinching their first Premier League title since 2004.

And having been linked with the likes of Karim Benzema, Jackson Martinez and Diego Costa, most agree that Arsenal need to purchase a new striker – with chief executive Ivan Gazidis declaring the need to add another option to ease the burden on Olivier Giroud.

"We will see where Arsenal will be in January and whether or not the club will invest in another forward. Olivier Giroud won't be able to go on all alone until the end of the season. We need to buy."

The comments from Gazidis would seem to edge Nicklas Bendtner closer to the exit door, with the Danish international evidently not good enough to replace Giroud in times of need. With youngster Yayo Sanogo too inexperienced, Arsenal need a proven goalscorer in the squad in case Giroud's phenomenal early season form wears off, or should injury or exhaustion crop up for the French international.

Arsenal have also been linked with two strikers from their title rivals, with Javier Hernandez of Manchester United and Chelsea's Demba Ba both rumoured to be interested Arsene Wenger, but as Gazidis says, it depends where Arsenal are in January.

If the Gunners are still top of the league, their rivals are unlikely to hand them more firepower as they seek to chase them down. However, should Wenger's side falter in the coming weeks, Chelsea and United may be more willing to allow their respective players to leave the club, though even then it seems unlikely, particularly in the case of Hernandez, who is still a valuable member of David Moyes' squad at Old Trafford. Ba, on the other hand, appears set to depart Stamford Bridge with first team opportunities dwindling and manager Jose Mourinho seeking a new striker in January.

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