By now, everyone in the football world know that Arsenal are woefully short of defensive options, and come January, the expectation is that they will at least get one, if not two defenders in. But seeing as how even the midfield has been struck with injury, it seems Arsene Wenger has also turned his attention to Everton’s James McCarthy.

With Jack Wilshere being ruled out for up to 3 months, and Mikel Arteta in constant injury problems, with the latest one ruling him out for 6 weeks, Arsene Wenger is looking at the Irishman to bolster his midfield options. With Abou Diaby being a non starter, the only options he has now are Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey to play as the more defensive minded of the midfielders. With Ramsey not showing even the slightest inclination to stay back and help out in defence, he can be ruled out as a long term option. And the last time Flamini came on as a sub for Arteta, Arsenal went on to gift 3 goals to Anderlecht to draw a game they were cruising with a 3 goal lead.

According to a report on the Metro, Arsenal have been admirers of McCarthy for a long time, and could make a move for the 24 year old. But they’ll face competition from both Manchester clubs and Tottenham, who were all interested in signing him up in the summer. With all the interest in him, McCarthy even hinted during the summer transfer window that he wouldn’t be averse to make a move, saying “If a club like Manchester United are interested, obviously you are doing a good job. We will see what happens.”

However, Everton won’t let him go without a fight, and the Gunners would be expected to a lot more than they would normally pay for a player of his calibre.

According to the same report, it seems Arsene Wenger has finally realised the folly of going into the season without adequate cover at the back, and are looking to sign Ipswich’s Tyrone Mings. The 21 year old plays primarily as a Left Back, but the feeling is that he has all the qualities to be converted into a centre back, just like in the case of Calum Chambers. However, they face competition from Chelsea as the London club looks to find a suitable successor to John Terry. So, on both fronts Arsenal and Arsene Wenger would be facing competition to reinforce the most glaring holes in the squad.