Arsene Wenger has confirmed he has "not found anyone" on his quest for attacking reinforcements, revealing he is "not especially interested" in landing Juventus' Mirko Vucinic.
The Gunners boss admits he is still in the market for a striker, although hints the lack of player availability is hindering his search for new blood, per John Cross of the Mirror:
Ideally if it's possible we'd like another (striker). I give you my phone number, if you find an exceptional (player), you can call me over the weekend. Ideally, though we have not found anyone.
We are open to strengthening our squad if it's possible. But as well we have (Nicklas) Bendtner back in the squad on Monday. (Yaya) Sanogo is back in the squad on Monday week.
Although Wenger's injury concerns are beginning to lighten, Arsenal's quest for silverware could be defined by this month's transfer activity.
Olivier Giroud remains the squad's ever-present out-and-out striker, but if he was to suffer a long-term lay-off, the North London club's chances of competing across domestic and European competitions would suffer severely.
Giroud has 11 goals and six assists across 26 appearances in the Premier League and Champions League this campaign, per WhoScored.com, but Wenger believes his midfielders have the goalscoring nous to keep Arsenal in the hunt if he fails to land a new forward, per Cross' report:
(Aaron) Ramsey is a goalscorer and he's not playing at the moment. (Mikel) Arteta can get us a goal and he's not playing. That's very positive, I think.
That's the best thing that can happen for us. If you depend on one player then you have to put him in cotton wool to keep him fit.
Should Arsene Wenger try to sign Mirko Vucinic from Juventus?
The sprightly forward netted five goals in seven games before succumbing to his knee problem, per WhoScored.com, including a terrific brace in the 6-3 loss to Manchester City.
Considering the difficulty of landing world-class players in January, reports suggested Wenger would look to Vucinic as a makeshift solution to his lightweight attack, but only in a loan deal, per Mark Ryan of the Daily Mail.
The Montenegrin star has grown surplus to requirements in Turin after Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente both secured switches to Italy. He has scored just two goals in four starts and four substitute appearances during this season's Serie A campaign, per WhoScored.com, faltering behind a duo that has hit real momentum for the Bianconeri.
Although a useful forward, Vucinic is not a name that immediately springs to mind when thinking of Arsenal's style of play.
The 30-year-old has a tendency to go about his work in an untidy manner, has a pass success accuracy of just 72.4 percent this season and often looks for the long ball when breaking into the opposition's box.
He isn't the type of player who naturally passes and moves, suggesting there may be more appropriate options for Wenger if he keeps on searching.
Juventus director general Beppe Marotta recently confirmed Vucinic and Fabio Quagliarella can leave, per ESPN FC:
If one of them were to come to us and say: 'I want to leave because I’m not getting enough chances,' we would try to grant their request. Obviously that would depend on there being offers for them because, if the offers aren't there, you can't grant their wish.
Rumours indicated the Vucinic's agent had been spotted around the Emirates, but as reported by Miguel Delaney of ESPN FC, this seems to be untrue:
Wenger asked about Vucinic's agent being spotted around Arsenal. "Some people have visual capacities I don't have!"— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) January 18, 2014
Time is running out, and as deadline day approaches, Arsenal fans are sure to have their emotions toyed with until the bitter end.