Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he wants to complete a deadline-day deal for a new midfielder before the January window shuts at 11pm tonight, as the Gunners come to terms with losing Aaron Ramsey for a further four-to-six weeks through injury.
Ramsey suffered a setback at the start of this week in his bid to recover from a thigh problem, a worrying one for the Gunners that has seen the Welsh midfielder sidelined since Boxing Day.
Wenger also lost Mathieu Flamini to a four-match suspension on Tuesday night thanks to a red card in a 2-2 draw with Southampton, which means that the Frenchman's transfer priority will now be searching for reliable midfield cover rather than a new striker with the deadline looming large.
He told reporters this morning at a press conference: "We are still trying to bring one body in because of Ramsey's setback and Flamini's suspension.
"80% of the activities happen on the last day. I would scrap the winter transfer window with ease."
The Gunners now face a race against time to complete any last-ditch additions, although long-term target Julian Draxler is highly unlikely to make a surprise late switch to the Emirates as Schalke stand firm over their lofty valuation of the German international.
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