Arsenal are in desperate need of adding a new defensive midfielder to their ranks.
The Gunners made a number of big-money signings in the summer, including Danny Welbeck from Manchester United and former Barcelona superstar Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean international has been a roaring success in North London this season, netting nine Premier League goals in 13 matches, yet the overall team in contrast seems to have declined.
Following Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Stoke City, Arsene Wenger’s men remain in sixth spot in the table, three points behind the top four and a whopping 13 behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Many observers feel that a top defensive midfielder was a requirement in the summer to mount a title challenge, now it appears to be a necessity in January to seal just a top four spot.
As reported by Tuttomercato, Arsene Wenger’s search for that key player has reportedly taken him to €20 million-rated Borussia Dortmund star Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
However, the Armenian international is a forward-thinking player, with his best position playing off a striker - a role Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez already occupy in the team.
Mkhitaryan has been compared to former Chelsea hero Frank Lampard due to his goal record, and though he also possesses good defensive capabilities, he is certainly not the type of player the Gunners need.
In 10 Bundesliga starts this season, the 25-year-old has averaged 2.5 tackles and 1.5 interceptions per game while also recording a team-high average of 4.1 successful dribbles per match.
He would undoubtedly be a top signing for the Premier League, and given Dortmund’s desperate situation in the German top flight the failure to qualify for the Champions League could tempt him to move on.
Nevertheless, a move to North London would make little sense for both club and player - ultimately deeming this transfer rumour as a non-starter and not one to get excited about.