Arsenal want a defensive midfielder in January, but it won’t be any of the long-term targets [Mail]

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Injuries to both Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla look set to force Arsene Wenger’s hand in the upcoming January transfer market.

Having signed just Petr Cech and no outfield players for the Arsenal first team in the summer, Arsenal fans were raging long before the current injury crisis hit.

Arsenal often sustain serious injuries around November time but the last month was particularly bad with the heart of the Gunners side ripped out.

Whilst Coquelin should be back in January. Santi Cazorla is reportedly out until at least March.

On Saturday, Arsenal’s central midfield was made up of Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey, which was good enough to beat Sunderland but may not be able to sustain a Premier League title challenge.

Rob Draper of the Mail on Sunday is usually pretty reliable when it comes to Arsenal transfer news. Today he reveals that Arsene Wenger is looking to buy a defensive midfielder in January.

But, pretty much all of Arsenal’s likely targets are nixed in the article:

Bayer Leverkusen’s Christoph Kramer will not be sold in January. And, Arsenal have concerns over the fitness of Lars Bender.

Borussia’s Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan is expected to join one of Real Madrid or Barcelona next summer, on a free transfer.

Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho’s £33m buy-out clause is considered too expensive by Arsene Wenger.

One name not mentioned in the article is Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak, perhaps the Polish midfielder would be a good option?

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