Wenger does have the choice of recruiting a striker for the time being before the January transfer window opens.

Jay Simpson – on loan at QPR – is Arsenal’s forgotten man but insists he would be more than happy to return home as an emergency fix for the Gunners.

Rusty attacking displays against Sunderland and Chelsea bared Arsenal’s lack of an out-and-out striker in the absence of Van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner with Eduardo and Vela struggling to lead the line upfront.

Simpson though, has been prolific during his spell at QPR and netted his eighth goal in 14 matches in a 2-2 draw with Coventry last weekend.

The 20-year-old was in bright form during Arsenal’s Carling Cup outings last season – scoring a brace against Wigan – and proved strong with his back to goal as a striker during his loan spell at West Brom later in the campaign.

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“The goal (against Coventry) won’t have done me any harm and I keep in touch with the young Arsenal lads,” he said

“I know the club come and watch all my home games and they’ve got copies of my performances, but it is out of my hands whether I get recalled or not – it’s down to the staff there.”

“I want to play at the top level, so if this can help my development, then great. But they’ve picked up a lot of injuries at Arsenal at the moment and I’m confident I can score constantly in the Premier League.”