Having lost Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona, and having had to use Manchester City bound Samir Nasri against Liverpool, Arsene Wenger needs replacements and fast.
Interestingly, one of the those linked with a move to London is Real Madrid's Kaka. Although Wenger is not keen to invest in seasoned professional, a loan deal is being talked about as a likely proposition, according to The Metro.
Kaka has been surplus to Jose Mourinho's requirements at Santiago Bernabeu and reports suggest he has been told that he is free to find another club. The current condtion of Wenger's problems is such that it'll take someone of the stature of Kaka, a former World Player of the Year, to motivate the team and the fans, while a move to Arsenal could help Kaka restart his career after being plagued by injuries since moving to Madrid. The main problem Arsenal could face though, if any deal is to happen, are the huge wages earned by the Brazilian.
Another one being touted as a stop-gap fix is Everton's Mikel Arteta. According to caughtoffside.com, Wenger considers the Spaniard to be the perfect short-term fix for the gap left by Fabregas. The 29-year-old has been linked to Arsenal before, but a move never materialized. Now though, Wenger feels the player has enough Premiership experience and quality to balance a side who have been left short of experience with Fabregas' departure.
Arsenal have only been able to sign youngsters this summer, including Carl Jenkinsson, Joel Campbell, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the most experienced of the lot, Gervinho. Wenger has faced criticism as he has not signed players of proven quality and he is determined to sign a replacement whose quality is proven.
Arteta could be tempted into the move as Arsenal can offer him the chance to play in the Champions League. In fact, the high-profile move could even help the Barcelona youth product to make a debut for Spain, having not made a single appearance for the national team in his career so far.
Elsewhere, rumours linking Yann M'Vila have resurfaced, with the Mirror claiming that Wenger has added the France International into his list of transfers to be made.
Despite his tender age, M'Vila has shown his quality at Rennes where his performances as a holding midfielder earned him a spot in the French national team. He went on to fix a spot at international level, and has already made 11 appearances for the Les Blues.
Rated at around £10 million, M'Vila could be a coup, especially considering the fact that West Ham's 30-year-old Scott Parker is valued at £8 million. Arsenal will watched Parker during West Ham's match against Leeds, but Wenger is not keen on investing in a player who is already 30, despite his proven qualities in the Premier League.
Arsenal will also make up their minds on signing one of Gary Cahill, Christopher Samba and Phil Jagielka.
Finally, with Nasri's move to Manchester City yet to be completed, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly considering a last-ditch offer to hijack the player. During last week, rumours were rife of Nasri's wish to move to United than City, and Caughtoffside.com has reported that Ferguson has been made aware of the wish.
Ferguson is yet to sign a big-name replacement for the retired Paul Scholes, after Wesley Sneijder's links came to nothing. And the 24-year-old Nasri could yet be subject to a move to Old Trafford.