Their desperation for a new striker may have been extensively documented, but it seems as though Arsenal will kick off the 2016/17 season having failed to bolster their forward line.
With Olivier Giroud yet to return to pre-season following his Euro 2016 excursions, Theo Walcott or rookie Chuba Akpom will spearhead the Gunners’ attack when they face Liverpool in a week from now.
The Anfield outfit scored no fewer than four goals against Spanish champions Barcelona in their final International Champions Cup clash and have none of the goalscoring concerns that currently haunt Arsenal fans.
Boss Arsene Wenger has stated he’ll address the problem if a player he likes becomes available, with Lyon hitman Alexandre Lacazette thought to be his preferred choice.
Determined not to pay the premiums rivals are forking out for forwards, the Frenchman is unlikely to meet Les Gones’ rumoured valuation for their prized asset, which is believed to stand at around the £45m mark.
But if the haze brought about by Wenger’s Lacazette infatuation was to clear, he’d see ample solutions to his striker situation who wouldn’t necessarily cost a mint.
Manchester City, for example, have allegedly lowered their asking price for Wilfried Bony of late, who can now be picked up for a modern-day pittance of £13m if reports are to be believed.
The Ivorian isn’t the only proven poacher looking for a new club this summer, with Romelu Lukaku and Mario Gomez among the legion of apparently available strikers too.
All three would augment the physicality of Arsenal’s attack, but much more than hulking target men, the trio have all established themselves as lethal finishers in across a number of Europe’s top leagues.
The latter has proved particularly deadly, having crossed the 20-goal threshold in a number of campaigns and would be obtainable for a relatively low fee with current club Fiorentina looking to sell.
Waking up to opportunities such as this will be all important if the Gunners are to land odds of 6/1 to win the Premier League title.