ARSENAL may be forced to enter the transfer market for a striker this month if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves for Barcelona.
The Spanish giants are hunting down a replacement for Luis Suarez and reportedly want the Gunners captain.
With just 18 months left on his deal, the 30-year-old could push for an exit having gone to extreme lengths to earn his initial move out of Borussia Dortmund.
Should Barcelona nab Aubameyang, we look at five strikers that could interest Arsenal for a quickfire move.
Raul Jimenez - Wolves
If Arsenal can convince Jimenez that they are serious about reaching the Champions League and even challenging for the title, he will be all ears.
The Mexican admitted last month that he "always has to seek something more" despite Wolves' success.
Of course, settling a fee with the Molineux club just six months after he became their record signing is another matter entirely.
But, as a selfless forward who boasts a great work ethic and eye for goal, Jimenez would be a perfect fit for the hard-grafting Arsenal that Arteta envisages.
Dries Mertens - Napoli
Napoli are in a bad way this season and that will send a number of star names through the exit door in the coming months.
Out of contract at the end of the season, Mertens might be available for a reasonable fee in January if the Gunners need a quick deal.
Already a target for a free transfer, the Belgian has kept up his scoring form this year despite now being 32.
Arsenal may have to move fast however amid new reports of a potential contract extension for Mertens at Napoli.
Edinson Cavani - PSG
Atletico Madrid have led the way in snapping up Paris Saint-Germain veteran Cavani but are yet to seal the deal.
That makes the Uruguayan prime for a gazumping and the hefty wages freed up by an Aubameyang exit could tempt him into moving to North London.
Also out of contract in the summer, Cavani is unlikely to command a huge transfer fee.
An £8.5million bid from Atletico was rebuffed earlier in the month and Chelsea are also floating around as the striker's situation unfolds.
Krzysztof Piatek - AC Milan
Arsenal fans may not want to pick up a failing team's outcast but Polish forward Piatek, 24, retains plenty of value in the market.
Manchester United, Tottenham, Newcastle and Aston Villa are all rumoured to fancy the £35m striker despite him scoring just once since October.
Perhaps it is the way he hits the ground running that is tempting clubs into a deal - Piatek hit nine goals in his first seven matches for Genoa before joining Milan and notching seven in his first six.
But there is more for the Gunners to chew over, because he is actually an Arsenal fan who idolised Dennis Bergkamp.
Jarrod Bowen - Hull
Picking a striker up from the Championship is an increasingly risky move but Arsenal would add a youthful gem if signing Hull ace Bowen.
A tally of 22 goals last season looks set to be beaten by the striker, 23,who is already on 17 for this season.
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The Tigers are said to want just £18m for the Englishman after the Gunners plotted a bid in the summer.
With Leeds and Newcastle also keen, Bowen's contract is up in six months but Hull do have an option to extend it by a further year.