Arsenal are reportedly considering making a shock move for Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard during the January transfer window.
Lampard is out of contract at the end of the season and interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has already indicated that he expects the 34-year-old to leave the club when his deal expires.
The Chelsea veteran has been linked with a move to LA Galaxy, with David Beckham now having left the MLS Cup winners, but Arsenal are now set to enter the race to sign Lampard.
According to the Sunday Mirror, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has identified Lampard as a player to bring vital experience to a midfield full of emerging youngsters, and could make his move in January.
Lampard is free to talk to other clubs in January about a potential free move in the summer, but Arsenal are reportedly planning to approach Chelsea with a formal bid in the transfer window in the hope of forcing their London rivals to cash-in.
The England international would certainly bring another dimension to the Arsenal midfield and, although he is currently injured, Wenger reportedly has no doubts over the fitness of Lampard.
Arsenal are enduring their worst start to a league campaign in decades, and defeat to Swansea at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday has left the Gunners languishing in tenth position.