With Yaya, Cana and Alonso now cup-tied, who is Arsenal's new midfield target?

Arsene Wenger has pledged to bring in a new “experienced” player before Arsenal face FC Twente in the second leg of our Champions League qualifier on August 27th.

But the bad news, as far as I’m concerned, is that it won’t be Marseilles skipper Lorik Cana, as the 25-year-old Albanian played in OM’s Champions League qualifier against SK Brann last night, meaning he would not be able to play for the Gunners in that competition this season.

For those of you who don’t know much about Cana, click here to check out video footage of the hard man in action.

The question we’re all now asking ourselves is who Le Gaffer will now target to take on the defensive midfield role that has been vacated by the departures of both Mathieu Flamini and Gilberto.

Arsenal are still being linked with a move for Swiss midfielder Gorkhan Inler (footage of whom you can watch by clicking here), as well as Aston Villa’s Gareth Barry, Kolo Toure's brother Yaya at Barcelona and Liverpool’s Spanish international Xabi Alonso.

However, both Yaya and Alonso played last night and the fact that they also are now cup-tied effectively rules them out of any move to North London this summer.

Villa play Icelandic outfit FH Hafnarfjordur in a UEFA Cup qualifyier this evening and if Barry plays, he'll be ineligible to play for anyone else in European competition until next February, so he could be another one to wipe off Wenger's wish list, although I doubt he is on it in the first place, given his £20 million price tag.

But us Gooners are all too aware of Wenger’s track record when it comes to signings, so don’t be too surprised if in a week’s time we’re all scrambling around Wikipedia to try to find out whom exactly our new mystery midfielder is.

Arsene is probably the world’s biggest Arsenal Addict though, so if you have a suggestion or two for any players that merit the might of the Gunners’ cheque book, then let Le Boss know your thoughts by using our comments section.