Ivan Gazidis: 'Arsenal need to buy'

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Crystal Palace on October 26, 2013
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Arsenal's chief executive Ivan Gazidis believes that the club must find a striker to share the goalscoring burden with Olivier Giroud in January.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has said that the club need to recruit a centre-forward in January in a bid to lighten the burden on Olivier Giroud.

The France international has helped fire the Gunners to the summit of the Premier League so far this season, hitting five goals in 10 appearances.

However, the North London outfit are becoming increasingly reliant on the 27-year-old, with Nicklas Bendtner the only fit striker in Arsene Wenger's squad at present.

Consequently Gazidis believes a winter addition is essential if the club are to sustain their title challenge for the remainder of the campaign.

"We will see where Arsenal will be in January and whether or not the club will invest in another forward," Gazidis told L'Equipe

"Olivier Giroud won't be able to go on all alone until the end of the season. We need to buy."

Wenger's men travel to Old Trafford on Sunday for a clash with Manchester United, which is scheduled to kick off at 4pm.

Arsene Wenger of Arsenal looks on as a fan behind makes his feelings known during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on August 17, 2013
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