With the completion of half a season, Arsenal have proven that they are one of the strongest sides as they currently sit at the top of the league albeit with a slender lead over Manchester City.
However, a closer inspection of their recent results shows that they have looked off-colour in the recent games as their offensive line has lost its spark.
The main problem is in the striking department as Olivier Giroud seems overburdened with the amount of matches he has had to play and his goal-scoring form has deserted him lately. His recent injury makes him a doubt for games in January and Arsenal really cannot afford to drop the pace at this crucial point of the season.
It’s no secret that Arsene Wenger was also looking to buy a striker in the summer and tried his hand with a bid for Gonzalo Higuain before moving to a controversial and high-profile pursuit of Luiz Suarez, failing in both attempts.
It's likely he has to try again as the recent injury to Nicklas Bendtner, who is more of a replacement player, and Lukas Podolski’s less than impressive performances as a central striker over the past year suggests that Arsenal will will have to be busy in the transfer market if they are serious about their title bid this term.
Wenger has often stated his displeasure with the winter transfer window but it should be noted that he has done some big business in the past by signing the likes of Theo Walcott, Emmanual Adebayor, Jose Antonio Reyes and Andre Arshavin in the month.
The Gunners might have splashed a huge amount of money to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid in the summer but they are not short of cash as chief executive Ivan Gazidis has repeatedly mentioned that the club's prudent spending policies have ensured that Wenger will always have the funds needed to sign the necessary top players.
But it gets interesting here as Arsenal will ideally want to add another clinical striker to their ranks although the timing is not right.
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, who is currently topping the scoring charts in the La Liga, is the coveted target but it's hard to imagine that a player like him would be allowed to move in the middle of the season with the form he is in and the league position that he has helped the club achieve.
Robert Lewandoski is another name that often crops up within transfer rumors because of his contractual troubles at Borussia Dortmund but the Pole has already stated earlier in the summer that he wishes to play for arch-rivals Bayern Munich next season. Though, it is quite possible that Dortmund would listen to offers in order to prevent their star striker from joining their rivals and would instead be happy to grab a certain transfer fee instead of losing him for a free.
Wenger can also opt for a skillful and highly-rated Brazilian in Alexandre Pato but he has not done so well since moving back to Brazil. And a series of injuries during his ill-fated time at AC Milan will be a concern for the manager.
The dark horse in this race is Porto's Jackson Martinez who has already spoken of his desire to play in London for either Chelsea or Arsenal, but Wenger will likely have to pay a large fee for the Colombian hotshot.
Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov, who has previously played for big teams such as Tottenham and Manchester United, has also disclosed that he is unhappy with his club but at 32, he might be past his prime.
Another concern for many strikers would be the fact that the World Cup takes place this summer and may not want to make the change to a foreign environment where the risk of injury can be high.
Therefore, I believe Arsenal will likely try and grab an immediate short term solution which may not be as glamorous a move as fans would hope for.
A bid for Spain U-21 international Alvaro Morata could be possible as the young Real Madrid striker has been given limited chances at senior level and is rumoured to be looking for a loan move. There are many other talented young strikers as well of whom Wenger might be aware of and who are able to make an immediate impact coming in at the club.
On the other hand, Arsenal can also recall Joel Campbell as the Costa Rican received a British work permit this August and has been in a fine form since his loan move to Olympiakos in Greece.
A final consideration could be a bid for yet another unheralded young English prodigy as it has been quite some time since Wenger added to his group of young English upstarts.
In the end, a long and interesting transfer window awaits Arsenal fans who will be expecting a big-name striker who can champion their bid to end the seven-year long trophy drought.
A new striker will definitely be sought but it remains to be seen if a new signing, if any, proves to be the missing link.
Schrutir Jain is a regular member of the FOX Sports Asia community. He lives in Delhi, India.