Arsenal are set to increase manager Arsene Wenger's January transfer budget as he looks to make more signings to ease the injury crisis facing the Gunners, according to the Telegraph
The north London club's injury crisis deepened last week after they lost three players in just two games.
The Frenchman is staring at a midfield crisis following injuries to Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere against Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United respectively.
The Spaniard came off during the game against the Bundesliga outfit in the Champions League with a calf problem and it is believed that the Arsenal skipper is set to be out of action for a long period of time. Two weeks is a certainty, but the club feels that the midfielder is looking at a time frame of around four to six weeks with his current injury.
To add to that, Wilshere has now been ruled out for a minimum of three months after the English midfielder underwent a surgery to repair damaged ligaments sustained in the game against the Red Devils. This leaves Wenger short of options in Arsenal's engine room, with Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini the only remaining options.
The Gunners boss had already been linked to a few defensive midfielders, to shore up the midfield and help the back four, but this injury crisis will see Wenger target more than one signing.
The Emirates Stadium outfit have been rumoured to be targeting Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak and Everton's James McCarthy, but the report claims that the former Monaco boss is now also tracking Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye as a replacement for the Arsenal skipper, who has missed a chunk of the season due to recurring injuries.
With Wenger also targeting defender signings during the January transfer window, the reported £20m budget offered to the manager is not going to cover additions needed to solve the current problem. Therefore, the Gunners hierarchy are willing to sanction more funds to help the manager make the signings he desires.
The manager is also aware that he has to bring in a few players during the transfer window to arrest the slump as Arsenal's poor start to the Premier League campaign sees them lagging behind in the race for the title as well as in the battle for a place in the top four.
Meanwhile, midfielder Aaron Ramsey is hoping that the team can cope with the current injury troubles and he believes that the team has enough strength in depth to cope with upcoming fixtures.
"It is obviously disappointing. That is part of the game, injuries happen and we have to deal with our business as normally do. We have enough quality in the squad to produce great performances, no matter who comes in," Ramsey said, as quoted by the Telegraph.