Arsenal have been in fantastic form this year, they have seen noticeable improvements in each department on the pitch from their players this season. Szczesny has become a top notch goalkeeper, Mertesacker and Koscinely hold the best partnership at the back, Sagna has returned to form, Flamini offers them protection and Ramsey is the goal machine from midfield they have lacked since Fabregas left.
Even up front the much maligned Oliver Giroud enjoyed a massive turnaround of events. By October he had scored seven goals in all competitions and looked set to score 30 by the seasons end, since then he has only score three more. It is not that his performances have fallen off the edge since October, it is rather his work ethic and overall team play has become more obsolete now Arsenal are not as fluid as they once were at the beginning of the season. Giroud's inability to create space for himself the way Sergio Aguero or Luis Suarez can has reignited calls for a world class striker to be brought.
However, if Arsenal were not to buy a striker this winter it should not cause too much fears. Aside from Oliver Giroud, Theo Walcott has been in inspired form in front of goal this season with 5 goals in 13 Premier League games. His movement against Tottenham caused much panic in the Tottenham back four and he has the pace to frighten the best defences. He is also notched 14 goals in the Premier League last season, so he has a history of scoring goals.
Lukas Podolski can also play up front and he too has been in fine in form. He has scored three in four Premier League games and his record for Germany - 46 goals in 111 caps - is among the very best in world football.
Furthermore, with Arsenal possessing a very high conversion rate as it stands, getting a world class striker is very much a vanity affair.
To play devil's advocate, who are the world class strikers available to Arsenal?
Robert Lewandowski would have been one, but he has signed a massive deal with Bayern Munich. Diego Costa is another, though with Atletico Madrid currently leading La Liga and standing a chance of progressing far into the Champions League, a move to Arsenal would at best be a baffling side-step. When you consider we are in a World Cup year and players like as much stability as possible to guarantee their place on the squad, you can bet Costa is not going anywhere for now.
With those two out of the way, the amount of world class strikers available falls to zero. If Arsenal are to find a world class star, they are going to have to unearth him like they usually do.
With that being said, Christian Benteke and Jackson Martinez would be probably be next on the tips of Arsenal fans tongues. They both have huge potentials, particularly Benteke, however fans might be to be careful of what they wish for.
Benteke started off this season like he ended the last, scoring four in the first four games. But since coming back from injury in October, he has played so badly you being to wonder if an impostor has taken his place - September was the last time he scored. Given this Arsenal would be wise to wait and see if he overcome whatever is impeding him.
As for Martinez, he is cup-tied in the Champions League so that should prevent Arsenal going in for him. However, there are more reasons to suggest he would not be the ideal signing for Arsenal. He has yet to take his impressive domestic form with him into his 14 Champions League matches - he has only score 5. Of course his Champions League record is not bad, merely average and many will say he would score more in a better team. The problem is the last poacher to truly exceed in Arsenal was Ian Wright. Francis Jeffers was a complete failure and truth be told, Eduardo was nothing but the third choice striker who offered 'something different' on the rare occasion Adebayor and van Persie could not work something out. Of his 21 goals in 67 games, only 7 were scored in the Premier League, the rest were either cup matches or in the group stages of the Champions League.
Martinez is strictly a poacher and they do not tend to do well at Arsenal. Arsenal have a very intricate style of play and they need a striker capable of holding up the ball as well as running half way up the pitch to score a wonder goal - like Henry did several times, or by being able to create half a yard for themselves before letting rip from 25+ yards - something Anelka, Henry, Adebayor and van Persie could all do.
What Arsenal rarely need is a striker disappearing into an offside trap, whilst Arsenal try to wade their way through a team camped on the edge of the area.
For these reasons Arsenal are better off waiting for a striker until the summer, they will however, definitely need a world class striker at some point. Not to sound hypocritical, but with Giroud's inability to score against big teams, Walcott's injury issues as well as his and Poldolski's erratic finishing (Walcott had 8 shots without a goal against Tottenham - Arsenal as a whole had 14), a striker is still a pertinent issue.
To solve this problem, I present Max Kruse of Borussia Mongladbach. For those of you unfamiliar with the Bundesliga, Kruse is a major reason Gladbach are 3rd. Kruse has the 6th highest dribbles per game throughout Europe, the 5th highest key passes per game throughout all of Europe and he has scored 8 goals in the Bundesliga, assisting 5, showing there is an end product to all of his fancy tricks.
He certainly has the skill to unlock the tightest of defences, he is also very good at linking up the play. He averages 48.6 passes a game and a whopping 84.4% for those passes are accurate - a fantastic tally for a forward who is asked to play risky passes.
Testament to his skill he has earned a spot on the German national team recently. At the age of 25 he is certainly coming into his own and is at the right stage of his career to make his big jump. If Arsenal cannot afford or are unwilling to pay what Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid would want for their star strikers, Kruse is not a bad bet.