That January transfer window, and the chance it offers Arsenal to redress the problems in the squad that have seen us fail to win the Champions League qualifying group, once again, and to sit languishing down in 8th place in the Premier League, with just four wins from 12 games so far.
So there will be a lot of work going on behind the scenes, even though the official action cannot begin until the window actually opens on the 1st of January. And a lot of that work at Arsenal will involve identifying and preparing bids for the right player to add steel to the centre of the Gunners midfield.
One of those players, apparently, is the 22-year old Croatian international star Marcelo Brozovic. But his current club Dinamo Zagreb have him signed to them with a contract lasting until 2019, so they hold a very strong hand, which is why their manager has declared that potential suitors like Arsenal will have to come with a better offer than the £5 million being suggested.
But he does not say that they will not sell and there are a number of big European clubs interested, so Wenger needs to make a decision pretty quickly on whether to up the ante or fold and try another hand.