Arsenal have this morning enquired about the possibility of taking Swedish midfield veteran Kim Kallstrom from Spartak Moscow in a shock deadline-day deal, according to the Daily Mail.
Kallstrom is a Swedish international who comes with a wealth of experience and club and international level, representing his country 108 times plus six successful seasons at the heart of Lyon's midfield.
The 31-year-old is midway through his second full campaign at Spartak but the Daily Mail believe that Arsenal can persuade the Russia giants to sell for small fee, if Wenger decides that he needs to bolster his options with a surprising central addition.
Spartak are currently in Abu Dhabi on a winter training camp, which means Arsenal may struggle to get a short-term deal concluded in their bid for reliable midfield cover.
The Gunners have been forced to chase late signings after learning that Aaron Ramsey will be sidelined for a further four-to-six weeks with a thigh injury, while Mathieu Flamini will be suspended for their next four domestic matches following his red card at Southampton earlier this week.
Jack Wilshere has also struggled with an ankle problem over the last week, while out wide Theo Walcott remains a long-term absentee with a cruciate ligament injury.