Transfer chief Edu has made it clear the Gunners will target a creative midfielder in the January transfer window.
“It’s quite clear what we need,” the Brazilian said at a fans’ forum last month.
“We need a player with creativity in the middle, we don’t have that in the squad right now.”
The emergence of Emile Smith Rowe has lessened the urgency to act, although a move for reinforcements remains likely as Arsenal look to continue climbing the table.
Arteta has been impressed by the youngster, however, and views a bright future in his side.