Arsenal could be set to target talented Ghana youth Afriyie Acquah in the January transfer window. According to website Football Italia, the Gunners could offer 9 million Euros for the Palermo midfielder.

Acquah is on loan at Parma and his displays have prompted many to herald him as the "new Michael Essien." The powerful and active 20-year-old offers qualities Arsenal are short of in midfield.

Since the loss of Abou Diaby at the end of September, Arsenal's midfield has lacked strength and drive. Acquah is capable of providing both and that has apparently brought him to the attention of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

In early December, The Daily Express reported that Wenger was interested in pursuing a deal for Acquah. The Express suggested a possible £8 million bid, after Arsenal scout Acquah at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

Of course that would mean the Gunners would be denied Acquah's services until the conclusion of that tournament. Given the state of Arsenal's season, it is not unreasonable to suggest the squad might need more immediate help.

Wenger's squad currently sit sixth in the English Premier League. They are four points short of a coveted top four finish and are struggling with chronic inconsistency. That heaps the pressure on Wenger to opt for players ready to produce now.

That's not to say Acquah would not be a useful addition. Wenger could develop him into the stout linchpin he needs to anchor Arsenal's formation.

Acquah would add a rugged presence to the Gunners' midfield rotation. He is also technically assured enough to fit Arsenal's style of intricate, passing football.

However, those are attributes Arsenal could use now, as they attempt to negotiate a month of tough fixtures. They battle Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, in their next three league games.

If Wenger is going to spend during the winter transfer window, then securing a quicker fix must surely be the priority.