Arsenal fans feel the club still need to sign another striker to strengthen their Premier League title bid, according to a poll conducted by Forza Football for IBTimes UK. Defeat to Chelsea on Sunday 24 January saw the Gunners miss the opportunity to return to the summit of the Premier League but Arsene Wenger's side are still widely considered favourites to win the title this season.
The club have already added Egypt international Mohamed Elneny – a reported £5m signing from FC Basel – to their midfield to help their cause, but Wenger has not ruled out the possibility of more new arrivals before the transfer window closes on 1 February.
But in a poll of over 2700 Arsenal fans, taken during the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea, 50% believe the Gunners still need to recruit another striker, a position they feel needs the most urgent addressing.
29% of voters believe another defender is the most pressing matter, while just 17% feel another midfielder is needed before the winter window slams shut.
Arsenal have been linked with a host of strikers over the past year but the club's current options have made telling contributions this season. Olivier Giroud has enjoyed an impressive campaign in front of goal with 18 goals in all competitions to his name, while Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott have each contributed eight and five respectively. Danny Welbeck will also offer another option when he returns from a knee problem that has sidelined him since April 2015.
Arsenal did not sign a single outfield player during the summer transfer window with Petr Cech the sole addition to the Gunners squad. Wenger is not opposed to addressing that in the coming days, but insists the club are only on the lookout for players who will have a long-term future with the club.
"You will certainly over the next 10 days have some work to do, not especially with Arsenal, but with other clubs," Wenger told reporters at a press conference on Friday 22 January. "We are always open for the exceptional occasion because it can be a long-term opportunity that you would take, but at the moment I expect our last 10 days to be quiet."