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After Arsenal move for Kim Kallstrom, why aren’t they buying a striker?

Jan 31, 2014, 1:11 PM EDT

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With just a few hours left in the January transfer window, you can’t help but feel Arsenal are shooting themselves in the foot once again.

Arsene Wenger‘s side are second, just one point off Manchester City above them and are perfectly poised to make a real charge for this Premier League title. They are close to adding Swedish veteran midfielder Kim Kallstrom on loan from Spartak Moscow.

But how do they intend to do that with just one top striker in their squad?

If Olivier Giroud gets injured in the last four months of the season, Arsenal are struggling. Big time. Yes, we know they have Nicklas Bendtner as back up and the big Dane has done well this season when called upon, and even bagged a few in the back of the onion bag when needed.

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However with Bendtner’s shocking injury record, the Gunners can’t rely on him being fit for the rest of the campaign. Add Theo Walcott‘s season-ending injury into the mix and the squad has been further depleted with only Lukas Podolski able to play up front, apart from Giroud and Bendtner.

So with a striker shortage, Wenger makes a bid on deadline day for… a central midfielder.

Okay, they have a few injuries there with Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere out with nsmall injuries, and Mathieu Flamini is out for four games following his red card. But is there really a need to sign Kallstrom when Wenger has a massive batch of young stars such as Zelalem Gedion on the sidelines? Why not give them a chance?

Nothing against Kallstrom, but this just seems like a strange transfer for a side on the verge of finishing in the top two, or even clinching the title, for the first time in a decade.

  1. konmtu - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Yet another season without silverware for Arsenal.

  2. Ian's Rushtache - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Wenger is an economist who happens to also coach. he has never, and never will, splash the cash, let alone in January.

    • narfmoo12 - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      Mesut Ozil.

  3. some1kj - Jan 31, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Kiss off any chance of winning anything this year. In fact Arsenal would be lucky to hold on to 4th place. I predict City to win the league, Chelsea runners up, Liverpool 3rd, and good luck Arsenal holding off Man U, Everton, Spurs from taking 4th place.

  4. brewcitybummer - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Because they are just not quite that ambitious. They realize it is ultimately a 3 team league. The commercial giants, the Russian oligarch and the royal family are the entities that win Premiere League titles. Liverpool and Arsenal are just living, breathing nostalgia. Next year the commercial giants will rebound and Arsenal can battle the other human clubs for the fourth place trophy.

    Okay, so maybe that’s a little extreme. Not far off though.

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