The Gunners have been heavily linked to the Sporting Lisbon man in recent months, but Wenger ultimately opted not to move for the player during the summer—partly because of an injury suffered by the 23-year-old [Express].
The French coach clearly had confidence in his options ahead of the season, and made only one significant move during the summer window—the addition of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.
However, since then, the North London heavyweights have suffered something of a crisis in the middle of the park; Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are arguably past their best, Santi Cazorla doesn’t always hold authority over the midfield, while Francis Coquelin and Jack Wilshere are injured.
Aaron Ramsey, another option, has also spent time on the sidelines with injury this term.
As such, Wenger may need to dip into the market in January in order to bolster his options and ensure that Arsenal are still battling near the top of the table at the season’s end.
According to the Telegraph, the Gunners are planning to revive their interest in Sporting’s Carvalho in January, although the report indicates that Arsenal may have to compromise and bring in a short-term loan deal due to the difficulty of completing high-profile deals in January.