Arsenal suffered a depressing 3-0 defeat to Everton on Sunday, with players disappointing all over the pitch.
Among those who failed to shine were central midfielders Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta, the latter of who scored an own goal.
Whichever your view on the pair's contribution this season, the pair are 30 and 32, and do not represent the long-term future of the club.
Arsenal do have, when fit, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all able to play in the position, and of course Abou Diaby.
Yet looking to the future, a report in Italy claims Arsene Wenger is eyeing Marco Verratti of PSG as potentially crucial to their rebuilding.
Tuttomercatoweb report that Wenger is looking at the central midfielder and his interest may become concrete in the summer.
Verratti, 21, is an Italian international, who has made 28 appearances for PSG this season, starring against Chelsea last week.
He faces competition for his place at PSG from Thiago Motta, Yohan Cabaye, and Blaise Matuidi, and while he has a contract until 2018 at the club, should the French champions make a move for Paul Pogba in the summer, Verratti could become expendable for financial and sporting reasons.
In the victory over Chelsea, Verratti had a game-high 106 touches of the ball, completing 93 per cent of his passes and recording five successful dribbles.