Arsenal are in a major slump and Arsene Wenger could turn to Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard to solve the problem.
According to reports in The Daily Mirror, the under pressure Gunners' boss is considering adding Lampard in January.
The reports indicate that Lampard is seen as a vital veteran leader for young English stars like Jack Wilshere. However, an Arsenal swoop for the Chelsea hero would certainly be a controversial move from Wenger.
Many Arsenal fans may feel the team needs more than just a mere stop-gap to salvage this season. The Gunners are currently 10th in the English Premier League, after Saturday's capitulation at home to Swansea City.
At 34, Lampard would be nothing more than a stop-gap. However, that doesn't mean a potential move to Arsenal doesn't have some merit.
His experience would be a useful asset, but his goals from midfield would prove vital. Lampard still has a knack for finding the net and remains a quality passer.
Arsenal's midfield is currently short of both of these crucial attributes.
In recent seasons, Wenger has shown a willingness to recruit older players. Spanish duo Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla are prime examples.
Wenger could feel confident of coaxing two more good seasons from Lampard. That is if he could convince Chelsea to allow one of their icons to jump ship to a London rival.
That might be possible, given Lampard's current situation at Chelsea.
Lampard's existing contract runs out at the end of this season. He'll likely be available for a minimal fee this winter, after falling out of favour under ex-manager Roberto Di Matteo.
A deal involving Arsenal has to be right for both Lampard and the Gunners. Wenger's team does need an emotional lift and an infusion of quality.
While his arrival would certainly be controversial, Lampard could provide both.17780