The Gunners may have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season with two wins and three draws, but that isn't to say that Arsene Wenger has had a relaxing beginning to the 2014/15 campaign. Olivier Giroud's injury has left the Gunners with just one recognised centre forward to call upon, and that's the inexperienced and so far underwhelming Yaya Sanogo, whilst there is a lack of cover for Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertsacker in defence since the departure of Thomas Vermaelen.
However, one of Arsenal's deficiencies has been apparent for some time now - defensive midfield. Fans have been desperate to see a midfield enforcer brought in to the club to add some steel, but the Gunners still persist with Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini in front of the back four - a duo which have been found wanting time and time again.
Sami Khedira had been linked with a move from Real Madrid earlier this summer, but that failed to materialise, leaving Wenger to consider other options - and it seems that the first name on that particular short list is Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho.
The Portuguese international, 22, has starred for club and country over the last 12 months, and had attracted big interest from Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid with his exceptional displays in Portugal. A physical midfielder with great positional awareness and passing, Carvalho is ideal for Arsenal's midfield - but the Gunners have recently seen bids rejected for Angolan-born midfielder, leaving the deal up in the air.
With the clock ticking ever closer to the transfer deadline, it seemed that a deal would be very difficult to complete to the point where it may even be dead, but according to Ed Aarons of The Guardian, there may be life in the transfer - for now...