POLL: If Arsenal buy only one player in January, who should it be?

The rhetoric that has been coming out of Arsenal in the past few days is disturbing. First we were going for a couple of players, now it's been switched to at least one, but that's not 100%...

The bottom line, my fellow Addicts seems to be that the club just don't have the cash to strengthen our first team squad to the tune of more than one new face. Unless, that is, they also sell (or part exchange) a player or two, which might appeal to our economics graduate manager Arsene Wenger.

However, for purposes of this exercise let's suspend such wheeling and dealing from our minds to address the key question as to whom we should sign if, as I suspect, the Gunners only add one new face to the squad by the end of January.

I don't have any particular inside information on this one, so I'm going to stick with the players who have been most strongly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium this month.

Those individuals include goalkeeper Shay Given; defenders Philippe Mexes, Steven Mouyokolo and Matthew Upson; and midfielders Andrei Arshavin, Xabi Alonso, Yaya Toure and Mikel Arteta.

So those are the eight players I'm going to let you choose from by clicking on the 'read more' link below to access our poll. But for the record, I'm guessing that Le Gaffer may yet have a trick up his sleeve and could do what he's done on countless occasions in the past by signing someone we've never heard of...