Daily Mirror reckons there could still be some deadline day delight for the Gunners.
It is understood that Arsene Wenger is set to launch a bid for West Ham United’s Mohamed Diame over the weekend, despite publicly claiming he is not interested in the midfielder.
The Gunners are in the market for a midfield enforcer, and Diame fits the bill perfectly following his form for the Hammers this season and the added fact that he has a £3.5million buy-out-clause in his contract.
Wenger has reportedly held doubts about whether the Senegalese international is good enough defensively, but is willing to take a gamble at such a price.
And an even more exciting prospect for Arsenal fans are the rumours emerging that Wenger may be preparing a late bid for Barcelona’s unsettled striker David Villa.
Barcelona have said publicly they will not be looking to sell the 31-year-old, but Arsenal feel there is enough encouragement there from the player, who is desperate for regular first team football.
Both could be deals that go right to the wire on deadline day so, watch this space.