An injury to big summer signing, Thomas Partey, hasn’t helped matters, but the fact is that the Gunners are not scoring enough and are conceding far too many.
In midfield they remain far too lightweight, and it’s perhaps with that in mind that Mikel Arteta has targeted Sevilla’s Joan Jordan for the upcoming winter transfer window.
The Sun report that the players release clause is £55m, but that the Andalusians would be prepared to do business at around the £32m mark.
Jordan appears to be an able replacement for the likes of Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos, both of whom continue to disappoint for the north Londoners.
The Madrid-based newspaper do confirm that Arsenal are keeping tabs on the 26-year-old but both the player and his club are determined that he remains at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.
Jordan is described as one of the “few untouchables” which Sevilla are not willing to sell and, with the player having a €60m (£52m) release clause, there are no concerns that he will leave.
However, there is one chink of light for the Gunners. The Spaniard does only have two years remaining on his contract and it remains to be seen whether the La Liga club will extend his current deal.
As things stand, though, a bid for Jordan looks unrealistic. Arsenal have been looking at alternatives. They have already had an approach rejected for AZ’s Teun Koopmeiners but a move for Wolves’ Ruben Neves is looking likely.