Arsenal are expected to be extremely busy during this summer's transfer window.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
The Gunners have barely been in contention to win the Premier League title since their last triumph in 2004, and many pundits and fans have attributed their failures on the lack of a powerful, ball-winning midfielder.
Arsene Wenger has never really replaced Patrick Vieira since the Frenchman left to join Juventus in 2005, and the addition of a midfield warrior will be of paramount importance to Arsenal's chances of success over the next few years.
The problem for the Gunners boss is that his Arsenal side will most likely not be able to offer Champions League football next term, unless there is a miraculous last day turnaround, with either Manchester City losing heavily at Watford, and or Liverpool failing to beat already relegated Middlesbrough at home.
So the prime transfer targets that he had in mind might not be attainable during the off-season. With that in mind, here are three realistic, yet very effective options for Wenger to consider this summer...
Geoffrey Kondogbia, Inter Milan:
The 24-year-oold Frenchman is one of the strongest deep-lying midfielders in the game, and his playing profile would perfectly fit what is constituted as a typical Wenger signing.
He produced a dominating display against Arsenal whilst playing for Monaco in the Champions League in 2015, showcasing his incredible knack of breaking up play, and displaying his high levels of stamina and energy.
His presence at the Emirates would undoubtedly improve the Gunners as a team, and could go a long way to turning them into genuine title contenders.
Inter Milan's Geoffrey Kondogbia in action
Pedro Obiang, West Ham:
The Hammers star is one of the most underrated midfielders in the game, and despite him not being a household name, he could be just what Arsenal need.
He is a similar player to Francis Coquelin, but has a far better repertoire of passing, which would suit the Gunners' style of play to a tee.
At 25, the Spaniard still has plenty of years left in which to improve further still, and Wenger should seriously consider a move for the former Sampdoria man.
West Ham United's Pedro Obiang in action
Etienne Capoue, Watford:
The 28-year-old Hornets star has finally shown what he is capable at Vicarage Road, after failing to impress during his time with Tottenham Hotspur.
The leggy 6ft 2in powerhouse is exactly what the Gunners need and he would offer them much needed strength and aggression in the middle of the park.
He still has two years remaining on his current deal with Watford, so will obviously command a fairly substantial fee, but one that would not be out of Arsenal's reach by any means.
Watford's Etienne Capoue in action