The acquisition of a combative midfielder has been on the agenda for Arsenal fans for some time but, unfortunately for them, it has rarely appeared to be a priority for manager Arsene Wenger.
But could this summer be different? Numerous potential targets continue to be linked with a proposed move to the Emirates Stadium, with Morgen Schneiderlin of Southampton among them.
There are however reports of interest in Schneiderlin from elsewhere - including Barcelona, despite the fact they are under transfer restrictions - and it may be that Arsenal will have to identify alternative targets.
A player that would fulfil the club's needs would be Paul Pogba. It would reportedly take an enormous €100 million to sign him, but Pogba is precisely the type of player Arsenal need to really propel them to the next level.
At such a tender age, Pogba is looking like the real deal and the sky is the limit for the 21-year-old. Pogba has already won the Serie A twice and the under-20 World Cup, as well as representing his country in Brazil last summer.
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He was named the best young player at the tournament, in which France got to the quarter-final, while he had been presented with the Golden Boy award the previous year. With all these accolades it is no surprise he has attracted interest from around the globe.
Pogba has been subject to much interest since he left Old Trafford on a free transfer for Juventus and, despite the Turin club's desperation to keep him, it would seem a future transfer is inevitable.
Chelsea, Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester United and Arsenal are just some of the teams to have been linked, while the player's agent has talked up a departure from Juventus.
It should be Arsenal, however, who make the move for the exquisite Frenchman as a priority in the next transfer window.
Arsenal must act
Despite signing Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in recent windows, it would still come as a major shock if the Gunners were to move for Pogba. He could be worth double the club record fee paid to sign Ozil from Real Madrid.
However, Pogba will surely be a necessity as Arsenal are so inconsistent in midfield with Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere all so prone to injury.
Pogba is exciting, direct and incredibly talented and, if Arsenal do not buy him, then somebody will this summer.
Arsenal want to be among the best and, to do so, they will need to buy the best. Pogba is just that.
Do you think Arsenal should try to sign Paul Pogba?