Arsenal Transfer News: Missing Out on a Striker Is a Big Loss for Gunners

Trey Warren@treydwarrenContributor IIIJanuary 31, 2014

LONDON - DECEMBER 26:  Arsenal manager Arsene Wegner looks on during the Barclays Premiership match between Charlton and Arsenal at The Valley on December 26, 2005 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Today is the transfer deadline day and it may not turn out well for Arsenal.

The Gunners seemed poised to bring in Schalke attacker Julian Draxler. However, according to ESPN FC, manager Arsene Wenger said he did not create the buzz, but rather it was created by the newspapers. The club has also been linked to Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata and Barcelona’s Cristian Tello.

The latter two fell through because Wegner couldn’t guarantee first-team playing time. They were Wenger’s main targets when the club lost Theo Walcott for the season.

Missing out on a striker could end up being a blow to Arsenal. They are currently second in the Premier League standings, just one point behind Manchester City. But Aaron Ramsey, who is second in the club in goals and assists, hasn’t played since Dec. 26 and is expected to miss six more weeks.

Wenger is currently working on bringing in Spartak Moscow midfielder Kim Kallstrom. He would be eligible to play in their upcoming UEFA Champions League matches.

The main problem is the upcoming schedule for the Gunners. The bulk of their remaining EPL schedule will be played against teams in the top half of the league. That includes Liverpool, who they will also face in the F.A. Cup in a 12-day span.

Two opponents they play in the coming weeks account for two of their three losses.

Combine that with their Champions League matchup with Bayern Munich and the Gunners have a tough road ahead.

Without another striker, the club will be relying on leading scorer Olivier Giroud, who has scored 10 goals in the EPL. However, those 10 goals have come on 71 shots and only 22 were on target.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13:  Olivier Giroud of Arsenal (L) celebrates scoring their second goal with Santi Cazorla of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park on January 13, 2014 in Birmingham, E
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Arsenal has allowed just 21 goals in the EPL, which is the second-least behind Chelsea’s 20. Without the acquisition of a goal scorer, they will need to continue blanking opponents. It is something they have been doing well this season.

There are still 15 Premier League games remaining for the Gunners. This transfer deadline dud could result in the loss of the league title and maybe even next year’s Champions League.