Arsenal are set to make a renewed bid to sign French midfielder Yann M'Vila as cover for the injury stricken Jack Wilshere, according to Goal.com.
The 21-year-old was close to joining the Gunners during the summer transfer window, with Rennes coach Frederic Antonetti naming the club as one of four Champions League sides to make a bid for the midfielder.
However, with M'Vila still plying his trade at Rennes, and Arsenal in deep trouble in the Barclays Premier League, Arsene Wenger is preparing a second bid for the starlet.
Despite the signing of Mikel Arteta, Wenger's biggest worry surrounds the fitness of Wilshere, who is unlikely to feature before February after having ankle surgery.
Such is the importance of Wilshere, that Wenger may attempt to replace the midfielder in the January transfer window, with one of Arsenal's long-term targets.
The Arsenal midfield currently has Alex Song, Aaron Ramsey, Arteta and youngsters Emmanuel Frimpong and Francis Coqulin competing for places.
The club's defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby was their third league loss of the season, leaving them in 15th in the league, staring down the barrel of their worst season since the appointment of Arsene Wenger in 1996.