Arsenal are set to be without midfielder Granit Xhaka until the new year after the Swiss midfielder injured knee ligaments in their win over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
His injury leaves Mikel Arteta with less options in midfield, with Thomas Partey, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Mohamed Elneny his remaining fit defensive midfielders.
However, the Arsenal boss does have the option to add to his squad via the free agents market, with clubs allowed to register news players provided they do not currently have a club.
If Arteta decides he needs to add another pair of legs to his midfield options then here are three players he could turn to.
Arsenal academy product Wilshere has been without a club since the expiry of his short term deal at Bournemouth at the end of last season.
He has spent some of his time without a club training with Italian side Como and has been linked with moves to both PAOK Thessaloniki and Anorthosis Famagusta in Greece and Cyprus, respectively.
Wilshere made 198 appearances for the Gunners between 2008 and 2018 after joining the club from Luton Town as a nine-year-old in 2001.
Having made 17 appearances for Bournemouth last season, he would provide solid cover for the remaining fit midfielders and also played with Arteta during his playing career.
Brazilian midfielder Paulinho presents a much more controversial potential signing, having played 67 times for Spurs between 2013 and 2015.
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He has only been a free agent for a few weeks having left Saudi Arabian club Al Ahli earlier in September after just two months with the club.
Prior to this he had spent two and a half years in China and also spent the 2017/18 season in La Liga with Barcelona.
Frenchman Grenier has been a target of Arsenal's in the past, but not since 2013 with injuries considerably hampering his career.
After a promising start to his career he was tipped for greatness and Arsenal were one of a number of clubs tracking the midfielder.
However, he know finds himself without a club after leaving Stade Rennais in July following three years with the Ligue 1 side.
Grenier made 28 appearances last season in the French top flight and the Champions League, meaning he may be more likely to challenge for minutes than Wilshere.
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