Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer has said that the table leaders Arsenal can win the title this time if they managed to get Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema in the January transfer window. The club frantically tried to bring in a big name striker during the summer. They will include the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez, but they managed to get only an attacking midfielder in the form of Mesut Ozil. Still, it is a signing that most clubs will be extremely happy to have at £ 42 million.

Due to the fact that they did not manage to sign striker, all the workload for this campaign has been put on the shoulders of Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman has so far responded with aplomb, but there is fear that an injury to the 26-year-old will be catastrophic for Arsenal. They need to strengthen in this position according to Alan Shearer, who won the league title with Blackburn. This is also the opinion of former Arsenal player Nigel Winterburn.

Arsenal even tried to bring in Demba Ba from Chelsea on a loan deal only for Mourinho to stop the deal in the final moment saying that Arsenal have become title contenders following the signing of Ozil.

“We know Arsenal tried to get Demba Ba before they signed Mesut Ozil. Wenger must have realised he needed another forward. When you look at it in the cold light of day – they got caught out. Maybe they felt they could bring in a forward and it didn’t work for them. When you look at it now, Giroud has to stay fit until January. I can’t see any way that they won’t sign somebody else, whether that’s on loan or permanently, in January. Wenger will have to do that,” said Nigel Winterburn about Arsenal’s title chances this campaign.