The Gunners finally ended their nine-year trophy drought with the 3-2 FA Cup final win over Hull City, but supporters are now hoping for more silverware – especially after the £32m capture of Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez and the arrival of Newcastle United right back Mathieu Debuchy.
With a number of creative, ball playing midfield players at manager Arsene Wenger's disposal, fans have been calling for the signing of a more physical, defensive minded midfielder to sit back and allow those more attacking players to go forward. Subsequently, the likes of Sami Khedira (Real Madrid) and Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) have been linked with moves to the Emirates Stadium – but they could be looking elsewhere.
Reports in Portugal suggest that Arsenal have been pursuing Sporting Lisbon star Carvalho, and have now had a €30m (£24m) bid rejected for the 22-year-old, according to O Jogo. It's believed that the Gunners are still shy of Sporting's €45m price tag, but should Wenger pay the extra £11m in order to land Carvalho?
The young Portuguese international, who featured for Paulo Bento's side at the World Cup in Brazil this summer, has had a growing reputation over the past 12 months, and has been a long-term target for Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United.
The powerful holding midfielder has proven that is something of an expert when it comes to sitting in front of the back four, breaking up play and halting attacks quickly and effectively. He also plays well ahead of his years, commanding players into position and keeping play ticking over, understanding his role perfectly.
Those attributes are exactly what Arsenal need right now. Carvalho's presence in midfield would certainly allow the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and new signing Sanchez to go forward without having to worry too much about defending. £35m is a lot to pay for a defensive midfielder, but he's an outstanding player who suits what Arsenal need - and Wenger should certainly give consideration to paying the £35m asking price in order to beat United to his signature.