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The loan-signing of Thierry Henry is a temporary salve for Arsene Wenger's long-term plan at Arsenal and the Frenchman will use the January transfer window to scout a number of promising youngsters with a view to bolstering his midfield and strike force in the summer.

The Gunners slumped to another Premier League defeat at the weekend, losing 3-2 away at Swansea, and Arsene Wenger's side are now in real danger of failing to achieve a top-four finish this season.

The Arsenal manager has used the last few months to scout a number of highly-rated young players across Europe and he could be persuaded to dip into the transfer market before January is over.

Arsenal are desperately in need of short-term cover at left-back to replace long-term absentees Andre Santos and Kieran Gibbs but he is also eager to plug a perceived shortfall in midfield.

Wenger has yet to adequately replace departed Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas and the Frenchman is keen to ease the creative burden on Mikel Arteta.

Barcelona's Isaac Cuenca and Dortmund wunderkind Mario Gotze have been linked with moves to Arsenal, while Manchester United's Ravel Morrison is another reputed target.

With this in mind, IBTimes Sports takes a look at the players Arsenal will be monitoring between now and the end of the season.