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Arsenal - One big signing?

With time ticking down until the transfer window closes, can Arsenal make the big signing fans crave? Or any at all?

Arsenal are in a situation few of their supporters would have liked them to be in on January 30th. The club are yet to make a single signing, nor do any appear imminent.

There have been plenty of links, but players including Yann M'Vila, Moussa Sissoko, Fernando Llorente, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Wilfried Zaha, Urby Emanuelson and now even Florent Thauvin have committed their future elsewhere - with the latter signing a deal with Lille last night.

Even one of those aforementioned players would have been a coup for Arsenal - Who saw their early transfer activity dominated and overshadowed by the furore over Theo Walcott's contract, an issue which should have been sorted out months previously.

At least he signed it. Supporters would have been even more dissatisfied with the state of affairs had he elected to quit the club, following Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri in walking out on Arsenal in recent seasons.

So looking ahead to the final day and a half - the question is, do Arsenal have one big signing in them? Do they even have a small signing, like last year when youngster Thomas Eisfeld was brought in.

First the club must focus on their crucial Premier League tie with Liverpool tonight, but manager Arsene Wenger says he will not sign for the sake of it, simply to appease fans.

"I have to be strong enough to resist, what is important is that you bring in players who can strengthen your team, or you do nothing, you’re strong enough to do nothing.

“We could do with top quality, one more, but you have to find him. If I bring a normal player in, I give the club a problem.

“It is for four years and I am stopping the young players to give him a chance. The second thing is even more damaging because we have two or three young players with a good chance to play for us.”

His words have logic, as he certainly will not want another Park Chu-Young on his hands. Arsenal's summer signings of Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud are all looking very much the part - and Wenger is clearly holding out for a player of the same calibre, or not at all.

Who could that be?

It's no secret the player Arsene Wenger really wants is David Villa, but it's not that simple. Barcelona do not want to sell, and Manchester City entering the hunt means the Gunners are likely to be blown out of the water from a financial perspective. However City subsequently denied interest - if true then it gives Arsenal a clear run at the player, if they can come up with a bid to persuade Barcelona to let him go.

Talk of Edinson Cavani is just that; talk, and a red herring - as the player would cost more than £45 million - around £30 million than Arsenal appear willing to spend on anybody.

Links regarding Mohamed Diame appear valid and it could be viable with the player seemingly keen on a move. Arsenal need a defensive midfielder, but whether a player who went to West Ham on a free in the summer and would cost £3.5 million would count as a 'big signing' is another matter - although you suspect at this point Gunners fans would be happy to see him walk through the door.

Victor Wanyama is non-starter, Celtic don't want to sell due to Champions League involvement, and Manchester United are said to be at the front of the queue for him.

So who is out there? You tell us. Will Arsenal sign any of the above? Who should they go after? 

Will Arsenal sign a player before deadline?
Yes - David Villa0%
Yes - I don't mind who0%
No - There is nobody worth signing0%
No - Wenger out!0%

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