It's no secret that Arsenal fans want to see a new holding midfielder signed sooner rather than later. It's just that they've been wishing for that in each of the last four or five transfer windows.
Yet once again, 'dominant defensive midfielder' is etched on their Christmas wishlist, especially given recent speculation linking the Gunners with moves for William Carvalho and Lucas Silva of Sporting Lisbon and Cruzeiro respectively.
Arsene Wenger hasn't delivered in that position yet though, with only Mathieu Flamini arriving in 2013 as he sought someone to protect the back four - and the Frenchman is regularly criticised by Arsenal fans.
Someone of more quality is needed, and rumours earlier this season suggested that Sevilla's Grzegorz Krychowiak could be a target for the Gunners after impressing in Spain.
A €4.5m summer signing for Sevilla, the club are now demanding his £24m release clause be paid by any team who wants him in what has been a meteoric rise.
A good friend of Arsenal goalkeeper, Krychowiak would fit in well at the Emirates Stadium, and has now put Wenger on red alert by admitting that he joined Sevilla because players often move on to bigger and better things from the Andalusian side.
"Sevilla are a great club, but also a club from which you can make the jump to highest level," said Krychowiak. "If you're good at Sevilla, many sides become interested in you because there are always many opportunities to impress."
Over the years, Sevilla have sold on a number of top players; Dani Alves, Sergio Ramos, Federico Fazio, Adriano, Martin Caceres, Alberto Moreno, Gary Medel, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Seydou Keita, Ivan Rakitic, Jose Antonio Reyes, Julio Baptista, Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo - a truly impressive 'stepping stone' club.
It seems Krychowiak has that in mind, and if he continues to impress in La Liga, a big move will come - just as it did for the players listed above.