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Unbelievably, Arsenal let Gonzalo Higuain slip through the net.
Now, I realise there is little point crying over spilt milk, but I was undoubtedly among thousands of Gunners when lamenting Arsenal's failure to capture Gonzalo Higuain earlier in the week, as the Argentine marksman is almost certain to be wearing the sky blue of Napoli rather than Arsenal red this season.
Not so much because of Higuain the player in particular—although seeing such a talented player leave to play at the Stadio San Paolo rather than North London is grating enough—but for what this failed transfer represents, not solely on a squad level but how it typifies Arsenal's transfer window thus far as a whole.
The window began with so much promise, with links to names such as the previously named Jovetic present as soon as the previous season ended. With time dwindling and Arsenal yet to find a true competitor to the likes of Giroud, Podolski and Walcott in the centre-forward role, these are truly worrying times for Arsenal fans.
The issue with the three players are not their talents; all three have proven themselves to play at a high level for the club, with Walcott especially impressing with serious time in his favoured role finally coming to fruition (he scored some crucial goals as last season neared its end).
Giroud is a big man with excellent hold-up skills, and while he netted plenty of goals last season and is in fine form in preseason, his debut season for the Gunners was not without its stumbling blocks and struggles. Walcott's blistering pace and ability to run defenders ragged is obviously his greatest asset, and when utilised properly, he poses a true threat to every team in the league, no exception.
Podolski is more of a dilemma. While he was often effective last season, he didn't quite find dynamite form from either the left wing or as the centre-forward in Arsenal's attacking triumvirate.
And while all three, as well as Arsenal's midfield, contributed admirably to the club's goal tally last season, there is always room for more. Following on from the last slide, it is paramount for squad depth and competition that a true goalscorer—such as Higuain, which is why he would have been perfect for Arsenal—is brought to the club.
This is not intended to be a medium for speculation, throwing names around as to who can fill this void. Instead, it is simply supposed to say that Arsenal have a serious depth issue for genuine centre-forwards, and they need to fill it soon.
Too often last season, Arsenal found themselves unable to break through and convert the chances they so often and so brilliantly create. A true goalscorer is needed to latch onto these chances if they want to challenge the top three in the Premier League.