Arsenal fans react on Twitter to Wenger's failure to sign a striker

Arsenal's failure to sign a striker in the transfer window prompted quite a reaction.

Arsene Wenger's decision not to sign an additional striker during January has bemused fans and pundits alike.

Arsenal sit in second in the Premier League, into the fifth round of the FA Cup and in the Champions League last 16.

Yet their season may rest in the fitness of striker Olivier Giroud, with the Frenchman's only back-up being Lukas Podolski and Nicklas Bendtner, or Yaya Sanogo if he ever returns to fitness.

Theo Walcott has been ruled out for the season with injury, and it had been thought the club would respond by signing a striker.

Rumours on deadline day linked German joint record goalscorer Miroslav Klose with a switch, which did not materialise, while the midfield loan of Kim Kallstrom could be described as a distraction from the lack of a striker being brought in, with not a single penny spent.

Former Gunner Martin Keown admitted he was surprised at the decision, telling the BBC: "Arsenal's failure to sign another striker in the January transfer window surprised me - and makes them underdogs for the title."

A reader on HITC and Arsenal fan named Mark wrote in to express his view on where the transfer window leaves the Gunners:

"First place is gone, there is no way we are going to navigate the path ahead the next two months with the squad as it is currently stands with injuries and suspensions and stop in front of Chelsea and City. We all saw what happened to Giroud after a string of matches in the Fall that is going to seem like child's play compared with what lies ahead.

"My fear is that we drop so far that we fall out of the top 3 (a very real possibility with the firepower Liverpool has) and potentially the top 4 if we hit any kind of tail spin and Tottenham or United gets hot. We have not been playing that well as it is the last few weeks, though getting results they were all teams lower in the table than we were and we had to struggle in a number of the matches after poor starts.

"That won't fly vs the top teams and we could very easily be out of the top 3 by the end of the month with a brutal March still ahead. Our only hope is that we can get hot in the FA Cup and hope we can avoid the winner of Chelsea/City until the final."

With Manchester City in seemingly unstoppable form, Arsenal fans might well feel they are up against it if they want to win the Premier League - but a big signing could have tipped it.

Clubs are naturally unwilling to let their top players go in January, but deals can be done, as Fulham showed with the £12.4 million addition of prolific Greek international striker Konstantinos Mitroglou, who could have been a very smart addition for Arsenal.

The decision not to enhance the club's options may well come back to bite them, but that's not to say it will.

Many predicted Arsenal would have faltered by now, yet they head into February one point of the top of the table, having performed above expectation all season long, and for that perhaps Arsene Wenger deserves the benefit of the doubt.

But for himself, his own legacy, and the club, making an extra addition surely would have made the jobs for everybody easier.

Here is a look at how Arsenal fans reacted on Twitter to the striker arrival at the club turning out to be nobody at all...

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