Arsenal unlikely to sign defensive midfielder in January - report

Should Arsenal be looking to sign both a centre-back and defensive midfielder?

Arsenal are expected to enter the market for new signings in January, but fans should not hold their breath for a defensive midfielder.

With a centre-back a clear priority, all efforts are expected to be put into strengthening the position, which has been left badly exposed by injuries in recent weeks.

The Mirror report this is where the club will be focusing, and a defensive midfielder will have to wait until next summer with a pot of only £20 million to spend.

"Wenger has made a new centre half top priority on his shopping list with a holding midfielder likely to follow next summer."

The Frenchman should however be piling on more pressure to the board, to ask for increased funds to buy both.

A lack of a true holding midfielder has been a big problem for the Gunners, with Wenger failing to pay money to sign one over the past two summers, to replace Alex Song, electing only to bring in Mathieu Flamini on a free.

It is part of the reason their current defensive problems are so pronounced, as they are ineffective in shielding the back four, an issue even more pronounced by the recent injury to Mikel Arteta.

Without a holding midfielder, the chances are strong that the Gunners will continue to be picked apart in Europe, as they have been in the early knockout rounds in previous seasons, and were beaten badly by a far from great Borussia Dortmund side earlier this season.

Failing to do so wouldn't quite be waving a white flag, but it would represent the Frenchman stubbornly refusing to acknowledge a problem which is long overdue fixing; and the club should work with him to give Wenger the money to make it possible.

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