Coqelin injury has opened up a space.

Top 3: Defensive midfielders Arsenal should target in January

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Arsene Wenger has touched upon the subject, fans have been reiterating it for a while and now even Thierry Henry has admitted it’s a priority - the Gunners need another defensive-midfielder.

With a raft of injuries plaguing Wenger’s title-hopefuls, the addition of an anchor in January would not go amiss.

On that note, here’s three who we think could be possibles. Let us know your thoughts on the matter, in the comments box provided. Check out the video here:

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Lars Bender - Bayer Leverkusen

The German is a target for Arsenal every time there’s a market open, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't be suitable all the same.

The Independent were the last to link the Gunners with Bender back in November in the aftermath of Francis Coquelin's injury and you can expect the rumour mill to fire up once more when the window opens in January.

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A mid-season purchase would be difficult given that Leverkusen have their own aspirations, but he’s experienced and at a club that isn’t really considered elite. 

William Carvalho - Sporting Lisbon

Carvalho is a powerful midfielder who’s outgrown his club in the last season or so and is now ready to spread his wings.

The big problem - as it has been for the last few windows - is the large fee that Lisbon will demand for him, and while Arsenal aren't short of a few pennies they may not be willing to cough up in excess of £25 million in January.

Victor Wanyama, Southampton

Southampton has come out swinging in recent weeks, and boss Ronald Koeman is adamant Wanyama won't be sold at any price in January.

The Kenyan was touted by Robert Pires recently as a good addition to Wenger’s side, and we have to agree with the Frenchman there. A Premier League bruiser, he would be everything the Gunners need in terms of muscle and assurity. Patrick Vieira? Maybe not, but he’d still be a very good addition.

Who do you think Arsenal should be targeting in the January window?

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