Emirates Stadium side chase Goodison Park battler.
Arsenal have set their sights on Everton battler James McCarthy as Arsene Wenger seeks to improve his options in the centre of the park according to CalcioMercato.
Wenger apparently sees the 24 year old Republic of Ireland international as a preferable option to veteran skipper Mikel Arteta and French bruiser Mathieu Flamini and is readying a move for the former Wigan Athletic man.
McCarthy has more than proven himself since his £13m move to Goodison Park in September 2013 and could well be interested in a move to the Emirates Stadium.
The tough tackler has the physical attributes to provide Arsenal with some much needed steel and is also comfortable on the ball and a good distributor of the ball to boot.
Wenger may well be keen to make such a move in January as he seeks to secure, at the very least, a top four finish this term as he comes under increasing pressure following a lengthy period without landing significant silverware.
Arsenal did end a nine year wait for a trophy when they defeated Hull City in the FA Cup final last May but the club’s fans expect their side to be mounting genuine challenges for Premier and Champions League crowns and further investment is needed in the club’s squad in order to make those hopes a reality.