Arsenal chose not to add another midfielder before the transfer deadline, but could yet have on option emerge in free agent Jack Wilshere.
The Gunners brought in Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht as their only midfield addition.
Many expected another one to come in, but with Granit Xhaka staying instead of joining Roma, Edu chose to stick with what he had.
Xhaka and Thomas Partey will be the first-choice options. Lokonga, Mohamed Elneny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles will then be backup.
Yet with Partey and Elneny set to go on international duty to the Africa Cup of Nations in January, Arsenal could be left short.
Step forward Wilshere… potentially.
Wilshere a real option for Arteta?
Last week, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta – who played with Wilshere – indicated that the doors were always open for him to come back.
Wilshere is a free agent after leaving Bournemouth at the end of last season. Arteta’s offer is likely just for training in order to aid Wilshere’s fitness.
Wilshere has now suggested that he would like to return to Arsenal for training. Wilshere even thinks he could speak to Arsenal about that in the coming days.
Arteta’s final decision should come soon, but there seems to be a real opening for Wilshere to train with Arsenal soon.
Wilshere could be another Sol Campbell at Arsenal
No, not in terms of leaving Tottenham for a controversial move to Arsenal!
Back in 2009, Campbell rejoined Arsenal for training. Campbell was a free agent after leaving Notts County, and Arsene Wenger allowed him to come back to Arsenal for fitness reasons.
Come January 2010 though, Campbell had done enough to win a deal with Arsenal. Campbell was 35 at the time, but gave the Gunners depth at the back.
Campbell only played 14 times for Arsenal in his second spell with the club. He was let go at the end of the 2009-10 season, but provided valuable experience.
That’s what Wilshere will now hope for – to start training just for fitness and eventually sign permanently.
Given those January departures on the horizon, you can absolutely see a way Wilshere comes back to Arsenal.
A short-term, pay-as-you-play deal could work for all, with Wilshere able to help youngsters like Charlie Patino and Marcelo Flores.
It’s no a particularly exciting move, but Wilshere back to Arsenal does have its merits – just as signed Campbell did in 2010.