Last summer Arsenal re-signed Mathieu Flamini, but they were said to be in the running for plenty of other defensive midfielders throughout August and September.
Yohan Cabaye was linked with the club, after Arsenal made a bid for the player. Bayer Leverkusen star Lars Bender was also linked as well as Sevilla youngster Geoffrey Kondogbia.
Another option was reportedly Josuha Guilavogui of St Etienne.
The box-to-box dynamo was reportedly the subject of an £8.6 million enquiry from the North London club and the French international was keen on a move.
In the end however he joined Atletico Madrid in a five-year deal from St Etienne for €12 million on the same day that Los Colchoneros also signed up Belgian international Toby Alderweireld.
However it was not a great first season with the La Liga champions. Guilavogui featured in just one minute of La Liga action - before being loaned back to St Etienne in January.
This summer he found himself again linked with Arsenal - as it appeared clear that Diego Simeone was not enamoured with the French international.
Everton were also linked with an interest in his services but he is now seemingly on his way to VfL Wolfsburg. The ambitious German side announced today that a deal is just a medical away - with sporting director Klaus Allofs stating:
"We have an agreement in principal with the player and Atletico. Our aim is to have him with us as soon as possible."
Arsenal were not heavily linked with his signature this summer but as he is again shipped out temporarily the club must be thankful they never signed him. Meanwhile his move could facilitate the exit of Luiz Gustavo - a player they definitely would want to sign.
Arsenal chased him before they looked at Guilavogui last summer. However he wanted to stay in Germany for at least another season and therefore joined VfL in a £16.5 million.
Gustavo has a release clause in his contract and if William Carvalho and Sami Khedira continue to appear unattainable the sudden availability of their former target might just get Wenger on the phone.