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Arsenal's FA Cup exit proves they must sign a striker soon

LONDON -- Rarely in elite sport is problem-solving as simple as this, but the case for Arsenal signing a striker to realise their ambitions grows stronger by the day.

The Gunners exited the FA Cup on Sunday with a 2-0 third-round defeat to Liverpool that owed more to their own profligacy than anything else.

It is rapidly becoming a familiar story. Arsenal wasted a plethora of chances in losing to West Ham and Fulham last week, albeit the latter performance was a flawed display all around. On Sunday, the Gunners were made to pay at Emirates Stadium by a Liverpool side who for long periods appeared primarily concerned with avoiding a replay regardless of whether that meant they won or lost.