After Arsenal opened their Premier League campaign with two goalless draws, manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is looking to reinforce his squad in the final days of the transfer window.
"I'm pleased with what we've done but I anticipate we will do something and we are still on the market," Wenger told Sky Sports following the 0-0 draw with Stoke on Sunday.
"It depends on the quality of players who are available. If we can find somebody who can strengthen our squad with the quality we want we will do it in any position."
Having sold Alex Song to Barcelona, Wenger has also revealed that defensive midfield is one of the positions he is looking to strengthen.
"If someone really top, top class comes up... I do not need to buy an average midfielder," Wenger explained, according to Arsenal's website. "If someone top, top class turns up, completely defensive, we will consider it."
One player who fits the "completely defensive" description is Newcastle's Cheick Tiote. The Daily Mirror reported over the weekend that Arsenal were set to make a £15 million offer for the Ivorian. Newcastle will have no intention of losing one of their key players, however, and, according to the Mirror, will demand £20 million.
The 26-year-old has been a key part of Newcastle's success since joining from FC Twente two years ago. Wenger, though, has dismissed the idea of Tiote joining the Gunners.
"Tiote is a good player, but he is not on his way to Arsenal," Wenger told the club's website.
Tiote is not the only Newcastle midfielder to be linked with a move to Arsenal over the weekend, with the Daily Mail claiming that Wenger is also considering a £15 million bid for Yohan Cabaye.
Given the France international's characteristics, that would appear an unlikely proposition. Far from a pure defensive midfielder, Cabaye is a passer in the mold of Mikel Arteta.
Another area Wenger has admitted he is looking to bolster is in defense. According to the Mirror, Arsenal are set to reignite their interest in Montpellier's Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. The report claims that the 23-year-old, who the Gunners have scouted for some time, could be available for £7 million with just a year remaining on his contract.
After captaining Montpellier to the Ligue 1 title last season, Yanga-Mbiwa made his debut for France in the recent friendly with Uruguay. Although a central defender, Yanga-Mbiwa has also appeared occasionally at right-back--versatility that may well appeal to Wenger.
Arsenal have also been linked to a left-back in recent days. Reports of late have suggested that both the Gunners and Southampton are considering a move for Ajax's Nicolai Boilesen. The 20-year-old Denmark international has revealed that he is unaware of any interest, however.
"I have not heard anything about it yet," he said, according to Sky Sports. Someone from the Dutch press told me about it 10 minutes ago that is all I know right now.
"Therefore it is difficult for me to have an opinion on these rumors. For now I am concentrating on my rehab here at Ajax.
"But, I am very flattered if it is true that a Premier League club has made an offer for me."