Arsenal have been linked with a move for Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko in recent times, but it is a transfer they should not be pursuing.
Sissoko has been in brilliant form for the Magpies recently and it has not gone unnoticed, with Arsene Wenger reportedly adding him to his wishlist for January.
The French manager is reportedly hoping that he can reach a deal with the North East club to bring Sissoko to the Emirates Stadium, but he is an addition which would not solve the obvious deficiencies in his squad.
Although Sissoko's arrival would add a physical edge to Wenger's midfield that has been missing, he offers too much in an attacking sense to play the natural enforcer role that Wenger needs.
Sissoko has excelled playing in a box-to-box role in recent weeks for Newcastle, but he would likely have to act as a shield at Arsenal.
The Gunners possess a number of creative influences to play in the attacking midfield spots, meaning that his only route into the first-team would be in a more defensive minded role.
At the moment Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are the club's two main choices to perform as a protector for their back four and both are in need of an upgrade.
However, Wenger's hopes to sign Sissoko are misguided and his arrival would be unlikely to fully solve the problem.
Arsenal need a specialist defensive midfield, rather than a make-shift one, and he would be better off paying the extra-money to sign William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon rather than settling for the cut-price version in Sissoko, regardless of how good his form has been in recent weeks.