It is no secret that Arsene Wenger intends to add to his Arsenal squad in January, and a combative midfielder is one of the most important roles for him to fill. Two new names seem to have found themselves on the list of possible signings according to newspaper reports.
20-year old Ghanaian Afriye Acquah is currently playing for the Serie A side Parma, and is being called the new Michael Essien. According to the Sun, Arsenal are preparing a bid of around £8 million for the player, but that seems a bit steep, especially considering that his owner club, Palermo, loaned him out to Italian league rivals this summer. I would expect Wenger to go for a player who has much more experience.
A player with a good deal more experience, while still being just 23-years old is the French international Mussa Sissoko who plays for Toulouse in Ligue 1. Sissoko has been playing regularly for the French club since 2007 and has started to feature more regularly for the France team. The Sunday People reports that he has refused to sign a new contract, which Arsenal are preparing to exploit with an offer of £8 million. Newcastle have been tracking him, but he is holding out for Champions league football apparently.
Sissoko has been compared to the former Arsenal player Patrick Viera, and if he could get anywhere near that he would be a fantastic signing for the Gunners.