The skipper is out of contract next summer.
Many Arsenal fans have thought that the club needs a defensive midfielder for some time, but with captain Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby and Mathieu Flamini all out of contract next summer the problem is becoming more prevalent.
Here are six players the Gunners could sign in January to solve the issue.
Lars Bender, Bayer Leverkusen
Linked with the North Londoners for some time, Bender takes his role as a holding player very seriously and rarely ventures too far forward – much like Chelsea legend Claude Makelele.