Arsenal have plenty of options in the striking department these days. With Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud, Chuba Akpom and Yaya Sanogo as out-and-out centre forwards and the likes of Joel Campbell and Alexis Sanchez able to play through the middle their striker 'shortage' of 12 months ago seems a bygone problem.
They even have some top talent out on loan banging in the goals, in particular Benik Afobe.
The talented striker has had his progress at Arsenal severely disrupted by a serious knee injury but this term he has been fantastic on loan at League One side MK Dons.
The striker has scored 18 goals for Milton Keynes in his 30 games for the club, including an excellent brace against Manchester United in the League Cup.
But today he was not present as MK Dons drew a dramatic game with Crawley Town. The Arsenal forward is, in fact, on the verge of leaving Arsenal on a permanent deal and the stadium:MK is not his destination.
The official club Twitter account Tweeted this evening:
BREAKING: Karl Robinson has confirmed that striker Benik Afobe is in talks with an unnamed club regarding a potential permanent move.— MK Dons FC (@MKDonsFC) January 10, 2015
Afobe's deal with Arsenal expires at the end of the season and this is the last chance they have to cash in on the talented 21-year-old.
His chances of first-team football at The Emirates are slim to none and therefore an exit makes sense. Early rumours place Championship sides Wolverhampton Wanderers and Huddersfield Town, where he spent a successful period on loan in 2010-11, as the favourites to sign the player, who looks set to bring to an end his 14-year relationship with The Gunners.