Former Arsenal player Thierry Henry watches the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers at the Emirates Stadium in London.

With the transfer window now open, the rumour cauldrons are fresh with juicy gossip, none more so than those involving Arsenal.

The Daily Mirror has reported something quite shocking, in that Sunderland's Kieran Richardson is wanted by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. The ex-Manchester United winger is keen to "return to the capital", while he considers his future at the Stadium of Light.

The report claims Wenger is a fan of the player, who is currently injured and did not take part in Sunderland's shock win over league leaders Manchester City on Sunday.

Since Martin O'Neill took over as manager of Sunderland, the side's fortunes have ripened. However, Richardson's sale could give him funds to bring in some of his own players.

Elsewhere, the Metro has linked Arsenal with a move for Lyon full-back Aly Cissokho, after Wenger confirmed his intention of bringing in defensive cover on loan.

With Andre Santos, Kieran Gibbs, Bacary Sagna, Carl Jenksinsson and now Thomas Vermaelen all injured, Wenger's options at the back have been stretched. The Frenchman plans to address the problem with a loan move.

Cissokho has been linked with Arsenal before, with Wenger believed to have considered signing him during the summer transfer window. With the player confirming his desire to move to England in the next few weeks, he could be making his move to the Emirates.

"This week, I will speak with the Lyon staff. I reckon I prefer England, but for now, there is nothing done," said the 24-year-old.

Apart from Frenchman, Arsenal have also been linked with out-of-favour Manchester City man Wayne Bridge. However, a move is unlikely as Bridge, 30, commands wages of £90,000-per-week.

Barcelona wing-back Maxwell, who is available for as less as £2 million, and AC Milan's Taye Taiwo are possible options for Wenger.

Arsenal are also expected to officially announce the return of former-captain Thierry Henry, on a two-month loan, later this week.