Arsenal have had some midfield issues in recent weeks that now threaten to derail their superb start to the 2022/23 season.
Both Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey are currently out injured, leaving Arsenal without a natural defensive midfielder.
Partey is expected to be back fairly soon, but Elneny may be out for a while, leaving Arsenal facing a jampacked schedule with just one DM, who is fairly injury-prone anyway.
Vs Aston Villa on Wednesday, Albert Sambi Lokonga partnered Granit Xhaka in the double pivot, but you would assume that the Belgium will not fare too well once he has to face a tougher class of opponent.
Arsenal have won all five of their games this term, but their start has been kind to say the least. They have faced two newly-promoted teams, as well as Everton, Leicester and Aston Villa – all of whom have had poor starts to the season.
So, it made sense that Arsenal were in the market for some fresh legs in midfield on deadline day.
The man they were trying to bring in was Douglas Luiz, a player who has been linked on and off with the north Londoners for some time.
However, Aston Villa refused to sell and Arsenal must now hope they do not suffer any more injury issues between now and January, when they are expected to once again try and add fresh legs to the centre of the park.
As per the Evening Standard, Arsenal could revisit a deal for Danilo in January, with Palmeiras more open to a possible sale then.
The Gunners are long-term admirers of the 21-year-old, who has also been scouted by several other major European clubs.