McCarthy (R) is one of the options for Wenger as he looks to shore up his midfield options.

Having added Gervinho and Carl Jenkinsson to the ranks, Arsenal are reportedly planning the capture Wigan Athletic midfielder James McCarthy.

With Cesc Fabregas' move a real possibility, Arsene Wenger is lining up potential replacements and McCarthy, who impressed for Wigan last season, is, according to the Metro, one of Wenger's targets.

McCarthy, 20, arrived at Wigan for a meager £1 million in 2009 and has never looked back, going on to break into the Republic of Ireland national side.

A Skysports.com report states that Arsenal enquired about the player in the early days of the transfer season.

Elsewhere, Arsenal are also believed to be interested in Valencia star Juan Mata. However, ironing out a deal could be tough after the Spanish side's President Manuel Llorente made it clear in no uncertain terms that the player is not for sale. It comes directly in contrast to Valencia's coach's admission that the player could be sold for the right price, after the 23-year-old's impressive performance in the Under-21 European Championships.

Llorente told Superdeporte, "The decision is clear and money will not change our position. Valencia will not sell to any club that wants to buy Mata."

Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City are also behind the player.