There are times Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is a parody of himself.
If the Frenchman signs Brazil attacker Talisca, capable of playing as a forward-thinking midfielder or as a striker, before he acquires a defensive-minded midfielder or cover across the back-line, then the January transfer window could be one of those times.
According to the Daily Star, Arsenal are gunning for £17 million rated Talisca, of Benfica, to replace Lukas Podolski who is reportedly unhappy at his bit-part status at the Emirates Stadium.
Considering Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Santiago Cazorla, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Yaya Sanogo and Olivier Giroud who can all play in the positions Podolski could, Arsenal are obviously well-blessed for options in the final third.
Where they have trouble, though, is in defence and a play capable of protecting that defence in midfield.
Mikel Arteta is too lightweight a player to hold the midfield, while Wenger has just five recognised senior-level defenders in his roster.
Considering the club consistently play four at the back, Arsene has allowed a situation to materialise where he has a completely unbalanced squad.
Correcting this must be his priority in January, rather than looking at wasting £17 million on Talisca - a figure that could comfortably go toward the financing of deals for players like Sami Khedira or William Carvalho in midfield, or Mats Hummels or Virgil van Dijk in defence.