Arsenal face fresh competition from Inter Milan in the race to sign midfielder Yann M'Vila.
The French international was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates this summer, with Arsene Wenger confirming the 21-year-old was on his radar during the transfer window.
And fresh reports earlier in the week claimed Arsenal were again considering a move for the player, with Goal.com claiming a £25 million swoop was planned for January.
However, reports in Italy claim a challenge has now arrived in the shape of Inter, with manager Claudio Ranieri eager to bring the Rennes youngster to the San Siro in the New Year.
Injury problems have blighted the Gunners' start to the season, their worst in over 50 years, leaving Arsenal languishing in 15th place in the Barclays Premier League.
Jack Wilshere's five month ankle injury lay-off has been a particular blow, exposing a lack of depth in the position in north London with midfielder Abou Diaby also injured and Francis Coquelin thrown into battle.
M'Vila, one of Les Bleus' rising stars under Laurent Blanc, would represent a world class acquisition for Arsenal whilst sticking to Wenger's policy of trying to bring young players to the Emirates.
The club may have to break-the-bank to secure the signature though, given the interest from Serie 'A', and January may prove to be an interesting month in the transfer market for Arsenal, given the uncertainty over Robin van Persie's future at the club.