Arsenal transfer news: January 15th 2015

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Another week, another seven days closer to the inevitable transfer deadline day panic at Arsenal.

Everybody knows what they need - reinforcements in central midfield and central defence. So what is Wenger waiting for?

We're not sure, you're probably not sure, I doubt if even Wenger is sure. Let's try and figure this mess out.

Possible target Morgan Schneiderlin has been shut down by the Saints for the next two weeks, a well-timed injury that keeps him out of the shop window until the sanctuary of February.

The Gunners have been linked with the Frenchman for years, but it looks like they may get their man in the summer - depending of course on whether Southampton manage to secure an unlikely top four finish, possibly at Arsenal's expense.

While the Schneiderlin pursuit is more likely to frustrate Arsenal fans than excite, at least there's one piece of transfer news approaching confirmation.

Talented young Polish midfielder Krystian Bielik will travel to London for a medical on Friday after agreeing a deal to join Arsenal from Legia Warsaw.

Wenger had seen two bids turned down for the 17-year-old, but it was third time lucky as an offer of €3m plus add-ons was accepted earlier this week.

Signing up the best youngsters has never been a problem for Arsenal, getting in real quality for the first-team in areas that matter has been though.

So it should be music to Arsenal fans' ears to hear that there's actually a Dutch international that WANTS to join the Emirates Stadium club. Celtic star Virgil van Dijk, a target for Manchester United, has said it's 'great' to be linked with a club like Arsenal.

That should be one relatively achievable transfer then, and in a position of real need for the Gunners.

Slightly more ambitious is the reported Arsenal interest in Borussia Dortmund pair Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan. The latest on this duo is that Arsene Wenger has asked the Arsenal board for the funds to make 'two top level signings' with Hummels and Gundogan reportedly the targets.

And finally, it's not transfer news but you need to know anyway. Wenger's injury luck has taken a turn for the worst again as it was announced today that Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy face three months out injured.

If you don't laugh, you'll cry.

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