Sami Khedira
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Arsenal have received a massive boost in their pursuance of Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, with the German international lowering his wage demands to a reasonable £80,000 a week to force a move to the Emirates, according to the Daily Express.

Arsene Wenger is a huge fan of the German and has been linked with a move in the summer, but his high wage demands proved a major block and were enough to dissuade the Gunners from stepping up their interest.

However, having failed to make a mark yet again, Wenger is back in the market to add a central screen to his setup and may consider a move for the German in January.

Khedira's arrival will give the Gunners some much needed solidity in midfield, which has been the Achilles' heel for the north Londoners this season.

Mathieu Flamini's inability to track back has put further pressure on what is a paper thin defence with injuries to Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy.

The north London club have been conceding goals for fun and their defensive instability has put pressure on their midfield to track back in its entirety, thus leaving the attack to fend for itself.

Wenger's move to a 4-1-4-1formation from a 4-2-3-1 has not worked in their favour with the players still struggling to find their best position.

Aaron Ramsey, who had displayed such potential last season, is a shadow of his former self while injuries to Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil have made life worse for the club currently languishing in the seventh spot.

Wenger will have his sights on Theo Walcott's return to first team action, with the forward having missed up to a year's football owing to an anterior cruciate ligament injury he sustained against Tottenham in the beginning of the year.

Walcott's arrival gives a different dimension to the Arsenal attack, whose front three will now boast the fastest players in the league, with Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck taking the other two spots.