Arsenal legend: Gunners took 'huge gamble' by not signing a striker

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Martin Keown believes his former club could be made to rue missing out on a new front man.

Five months ago the Gunners were seemingly in the throes of crisis, a summer transfer window characterised by inactivity seemingly destined for an unceremonious end.

Only deadline day held a fantastic gift in reserve – Mesut Ozil arriving as the north London outfit smashed their transfer record to the tune of £42.4m.

It was the best possible ending to a span of months embroiled in the ire of supporters, who thought Arsene Wenger and company had done virtually nothing to help their cause in previously snapping up Mathieu Flamini and Yaya Sanogo.

And with a flourish, what followed has left the Emirates outfit just a point off the pace for the Premier League title, but in need of a complementary puzzle piece in attack for Olivier Giroud.

Keown advocated for a high-profile move earlier in the month for a figure the likes of Diego Costa – showing disdain for an alleged “quick fix” such as Dimitar Berbatov.

Yet nothing has materialised to date, Miroslav Klose reportedly the latest to join a long list of misses this January – ones the Invincible thinks could cost Arsenal dearly.

“Not bringing in a striker is a huge gamble by Arsenal at this stage of the season, especially when you look at Man City raining goals,” he noted on BBC Radio 5 Live.

“If Arsenal don’t win the title then people will point to this.

“Be sure, the next big cheque that’s signed in the summer will be for a striker.”

Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo have hit the back of the net a combined 24 times in the Premier League – City outscoring opponents at will.

With a total goals haul 23 higher than Arsenal at this point, the gap is admittedly glaring, but whether it will ultimately cost the Gunners silverware remains to be seen.

Signing a top striker in January was never going to be an easy task – even if urgency was required given the Gunners’ excellent position to compete for top honours.

Is Wenger simply saving up for a massive summer swoop? According to Keown, certainly, but the Frenchman’s focus at the present is surely now on ensuring Arsenal’s lack of a January move won’t even enter the conversation down the road – with a title.

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