West Ham have made a great start to their 2018/19 campaign.
They have taken seven points from their opening four Premier League games. And they are through to the next round of the Carabao Cup.
The Hammers do seem to be rather thin on the ground in the attacking department, however.
They have sold Javier Hernandez, and Michail Antonio could be out for up to five months with a hamstring injury (Claret and Hugh).
And there is an interesting option out there for Manuel Pellegrini. Even though the transfer window has slammed shut.
West Ham are still able to sign free agents, and Hatem Ben Arfa is currently available.
The 32-year-old has been without a club since his release from Rennes earlier this summer.
And despite his advancing years, he could be a useful short-term option for the Hammers.
Ben Arfa can play anywhere along the front line. And he possesses that certain kind of magic and unpredictability that could make a massive difference to West Ham’s attacking play.
He has had problems throughout his career, however, so the east London outfit will be wary of introducing him into what is an extremely settled squad.
The Frenchman’s availability on a free transfer, however, means that there will be little risk involved for the Hammers.
Capped 15 times for France, the former Newcastle United attacker obviously possesses real talent.
He is the kind of maverick that might just thrive at the London Stadium.
And considering the fact that he’s available on a free transfer, signing him seems to be a no-brainer for West Ham.