Arsene Wenger has revealed that he would consider purchasing a striker in the January transfer window if injuries build up in the Arsenal squad, though the manager insists he doesn't currently have any set targets in mind.
Robin van Persie has been on fire for the Gunners lately, scoring 18 goals so far this season. The Dutchman has been touted by some as the club's saviour, with Arsenal currently recovering from their worst start to a season in over 50 years.
But should van Persie become injured, though Marouane Chamakh is available to take his place on the pitch, Wenger has revealed he could be in the market for more support on the attacking line.
Andrey Arshavin, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Park Chu Young are all also available to play up front, but the Frenchman is preparing to ensure there is as much depth in the squad as possible.
"At the moment, I do nothing in January," he said. "I have a big squad, but if you knock at my door and say 'I have a fantastic player for you', I will not turn it down.
"If we have no injuries, we should get away with it because we have Oxlade-Chamberlain, who can play there, Park, Arshavin and Van Persie. So we still have offensive players, but we could be a bit short if we have an injury."
Chamakh has made 11 appearances so far this season, but has only scored one goal in that time. And though his form hasn't been at it's best of late, Wenger maintains that the Moroccan striker will not go on loan away from the club in January.
"It is a confidence issue [with Chamakh], but it is difficult to loan him now because of the African Nations Cup," he said. "They come back in February, usually quite tired, so it is not easy.
"They need to go out two weeks before the tournament starts then it lasts two and a half weeks, then they need two weeks' recovery. So it is six weeks."
Should van Persie's current form continue, Arsenal would well be challenging for trophies in the new year. But Wenger will be mindful of the 28-year-old's fitness levels, and after admitting interest in attacking midfielders Yann M'Vila, Eden Hazard and Mario Gotze, it could well be a busy January window for the Gunners manager.