It seems, in the light of Olivier Giroud’s injury, that perhaps Arsenal should have been quicker to sign up a dedicated striker aerlier on in this transfer window.
One of those possible arrivals was Chelsea’s Demba Ba, who Jose Mourinho stopped from going to the Emirates last summer. Instead Besiktas snapped him up and he very nearly scuppered Arsenal’s place in this season’s Champions League proper.
He was asked if he had any regrets about not joining Arsenal. He replied: “I’m happy at Besiktas,”
“How close did I come to joining Arsenal? As close as you and me here, but it’s past. I just look forwards.