Mikel Arteta has been tipped to bolster his Arsenal squad in the January transfer window.
But not necessarily with the signing of an attacking midfielder amid links to the likes of Lyon’s Houssem Aouar, Inter Milan’s Christian Eriksen and Red Bull Salzburg wonderkid Dominik Szoboszlai.
Instead, the Arsenal manager is being backed to address his side’s problems in attack.
Ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash away at Leeds United, the Gunners are among the lowest scorers across the entire division with just nine goals in their opening eight matches.
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Furthermore, they’ve failed to net in three of their last four outings – all of which have resulted in defeat.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looking out of sorts on the left-wing, the onus has been on the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Willian to chip in with the goals.
However, the Frenchman’s goals have dried up since netting the opener in the 3-1 loss away at Liverpool in Arsenal’s third game of the Premier League campaign.
Meanwhile, Willian is yet to open his account after joining on a free transfer from London rivals Chelsea in the summer transfer window.
All of which has led to Arsenal legend Alan Smith predicting that his former club will spend big on increasing their options in attack despite the potential of Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah.
“Willian’s come in and not quite reached the levels he had at Chelsea, Pepe is hot and cold, for £70-odd million, that’s been a disappointing signing so far, Alexandre Lacazette hasn’t kicked on from his first season as well,” Smith told Sky Sports.
“Eddie Nketiah is a little inexperienced to lean on week-in, week-out, and Gabriel Martinelli is still a way off, as good as he is.
“So, that is an area that Arteta might be a little worried about.”