With the devastating news that Theo Walcott is now out for at least 6 months, our luck on the injury front gets from bad to worse.
At the start of the season, we suffered a terrible injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, About Diaby was once again out for a prolonged period and last week we saw our only real backup to Olivier Giroud out injured with an ankle problem after scoring a huge goal against Cardiff.
Now, the only other real option we had to play up top if Giroud was out for any reason, Theo Walcott, has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament on his left knee.
Nevermind about England, this is a huge blow to Arsenal’s title chances.
Aaron Ramsey is also out, Giroud and Özil have been missing through illness and I have no idea what’s happened to Yaya Sanogo.
But the bottom line is, Theo’s injury has forced Arsene’s hand. He has to buy in January. There’s no doubt about it.
There is no way in hell he can leave the January Transfer Window and possibly believe that we would still be able to fight for the league. We’ve come this far, so it would be devastating if we didn’t kick on and really challenge.
We all know Chelsea’s weakness – Jose Mourinho repeatedly tells anyone who will listen – and you can be sure they will be strengthening with a top striker in January.
Manchester City have the strongest squad in the league, and Liverpool might invest in a central defender. Up front, they have no worries with Luis Suarez in sensational form.
Manchester United will apparently only spend big in the summer, so it depends if Moyes has already written this season off.
But Arsenal are top of the league and in with a real shout of challenging for the league. But in recent weeks, we were 5 points clear and now only one above Manchester City. We need to kick on and it would be suicidal if we didn’t sign a quality striker who could lead us to the title.
Will Arsene do it? We’ve supported Arsenal long enough to know that if you were a betting man, probably not.
But how much money do Arsenal have to spend? That’s another question we don’t know the answer to. All summer we heard about the massive spending power we had, and now we’re in January all of that talk has stopped. Have we spend all we can already? Or do we have another big war chest for January?
Who knows, and I guess we’ll have to wait and see!