Arsene Wenger is hatching a plan to land his January transfer targets after confirming he was ready to spend to solve Arsenal's injury crisis.
The manager admitted he might need to be "creative" to be certain of reinforcing his depleted squad for the second half of the season.
The need to do so became even more pressing after Jack Wilshere was ruled out for three months following ankle surgery and Mikel Arteta was sidelined for up to three weeks with a groin problem.
Arsenal's board are willing to increase Wenger's £20million January budget but the Frenchman warned it would take more than money to lure players.
He said: "I would like to remind you that, to buy football players, is not to go into a supermarket and just say, 'I want to buy a right-back or a centre-back'. It's to find the right quality. If you go out tomorrow, you will see that everybody looks for the same positions everywhere. It's not as simple as it looks.
"In January, it makes it even more difficult because players are even less available than in June or July. But we will try to be creative and have one or two good ideas."
Among those on his radar are Yohan Cabaye, along with Sevilla's Grzegorz Krychowiak and Everton's James McCarthy, and Wenger revealed the recruitment process was under way.
Wenger was hoping his injury worries eased before today's game at West Brom. Laurent Koscielny (knee), could return, while there were fitness tests for Danny Welbeck (knee), Wojciech Szczesny (hip) and Yannick Sanogo (hamstring).
Meanwhile, the possibility of Thierry Henry joining Arsenal in an off-field role has moved another step closer after he revealed that he still dreams of helping his former club to win the Champions League.
Henry's playing career may come to an end today when his New York Red Bulls team try to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit in the Eastern Conference final against New England Revolution. And, after Wenger last week opened the door to the possibility of Henry returning to Arsenal, his former protege has made it clear that he would love to help his old club. (© Daily Telegraph, London)
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