Arsene Wenger
Wenger interested in the midfield man?

Arsene Wenger has insisted that it is incredibly difficult to find a player in January, and with the Arsenal manager on the lookout for a left-back on loan, numerous names are being thrown in the press as possible support for the injured Kieran Gibbs.

Aly Cissokho was widely believed to be on Wenger's radar to being depth to the Gunners squad as they look to challenge for a top four finish, but Lyon have said that they won't send their defender out on loan, and would rather a permanent deal.

Wayne Bridge was also said to be on Arsenal's radar, though Wenger insisted just before Christmas that he had made no approach for the former England international.

Manchester City have made it clear that they want to offload Bridge, who hasn't played since September when he made his only showing for the club this season. And should the 31 year old look unlikely to be sold tomorrow, the title leaders could be a lot more willing to offload him on loan if they hope to save at least some money on his wages.

Wenger said on Friday that he wasn't desperate to find a left-back, with Andre Santos expected back in March, but should the right deal become available, the manager could be tempted to provide cover for at least the month that the Brazilian is out.

Players who appeared set to exit the club permanently included Marouane Chamakh, who had expressed frustration with being left out of the squad in favour of Robin van Persie on many occasions. But with the striker currently at the Africa Cup of Nations, and maintaining that he is relaxed for now at least with his future being at Arsenal, a deal tomorrow looks unlikely.

Meanwhile, big Arsenal target Mario Gotze also looks unlikely to leave Borussia Dortmund in this transfer window, but the German outfit admitted today that they are planning on doing some more business over the next 24 hours, and the Gunners will be keeping a close eye on the side's movements in case they do appear willing to sell their prized possession.

Gotze has said that he is committed to Dortmund, but has stopped short of ruling out a move away from the club in the future.

One shock story to come out today is that Arsenal may bid for confirmed Newcastle target Adrian Mariappa, with the Sun claiming that Wenger believes he is worth the £2 million plus price tag the Toon have so far refused to pay.

Mariappa would fit well into the Frenchman's transfer policy, displaying top form for Watford and the potential for long term success. Support in defence would also assist the side, with the paper claiming that Wenger has been unhappy with Djourou's performances of late.