Arsenal landed some vital summer signings including Thomas Partey.
But Mikel Arteta still has shortcomings to address - particularly to make his side more of an attacking threat.
Midfield playmaker Dominik Szoboszlai has been heavily linked with the Gunners in recent weeks and is considered a dream target for many fans.
The Hungarian has caught the eye with some spectacular goals and demonstrated his playmaking attributes for Red Bull Salzburg.
But by the time the transfer window arrives, they could find themselves usurped by Real Madrid, who are also pursuing the playmaker.
According to AS, it was their scouting mission of Erling Haaland that first alerted Los Blancos to Szoboszlai when the pair both played for Red Bull Salzburg.
Whilst Haaland moved to Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid have continued their interest and that could now step up in the January transfer window.
He would likely find a move he might find hard to turn down if it arises even if Arsenal make their move.
There is also a prospect of a reunion with Haaland at the Bernabeu, with Real Madrid reportedly keen on tempting him to LaLiga after his stunning form in the Bundesliga.
Speaking about Haaland to Goal last October, Szoboszlai said: Erl is a great player with a huge character.
“I have no doubts about his future. For me he is, more importantly, a great team-mate and a big friend.”
Arsenal, meanwhile, are eyeing a solution to their problems in attack under Mikel Arteta, who could turn to Szoboszlai as the latest piece in the puzzle to improve their attacking output.
"A team function is a collective thing that we have to do more," Arteta said after their Aston Villa defeat.
"We certainly are getting in some situations, but the end product is something we have to improve and about the position and his movement and where we can find him, of course we can talk about is this the right or wrong place for him, but when things were working and he was scoring that debate wasn’t there.
"What is certain is that with these numbers, scoring this amount of goals is impossible to fight with the top teams so we have to maintain the numbers that we have defensively in our organisation and for sure we have to improve our numbers attacking-wise if we want to be challenging and if you want to be consistent in winning football matches.”