Arsenal have renewed their interest in Barcelona winger Cristian Tello and want to close a short-term move the Spanish youngster before the January transfer window closes, according to The Telegraph.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of the pacy Spanish international, a position that was surely enhanced by a personal check on the 22-year-old last month, a match which saw Tello score a hat-trick against Levante.

Tello remains part of Barca manager Tata Martino's long-term plans but that has not stopped Wenger declaring an interest alongside Liverpool in the forward, particularly with Arsenal's options in advanced areas stretched to the limit.

Arsenal are without Theo Walcott for the rest of the campaign and midfield maestro Aaron Ramsey has now spent more than a month on the sidelines, while Jack Wilshere is also sidelined and Mathieu Flamini will serve a four-game suspension following a straight red card in Tuesday's 2-2 draw with Southampton.

Wenger has so far resisted the temptation to bring in new players this month but would like fresh faces if possible, with Arsenal knocked off the top by a rampant Manchester City last night.

Schalke 04 youngster Julian Draxler and Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic have also been consistently linked with a January switch to the Emirates but Tello is very much a top target if the Telegraph are to be believed, although Wenger now faces a race against time to complete any deal.

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