The Gunners were linked with a move for Essien in the summer, but the 30-year-old opted for a loan move to Real Madrid until the end of the season.
Arsene Wenger appears keen to sign a midfield enforcer in January as his current crop are mainly known for their creativity rather than tenacity.
Abou Diaby was seen, by many, as the long-term successor to Patrick Vieira, who left the club in 2005. But the lanky Frenchman has been plagued with injuries and is currently sidelined with another, while Francis Coquelin doesn’t look ready to fill the role just yet.
Ghana Web claims Wenger will send scouts to the African Cup of Nations to watch Acquah. The African website also believes Wenger is ready to spend €10 million to acquire the 20-year-old robust midfielder before the January transfer window shuts.
Known for his strength, tackling and tenacious play, Acquah, who is contracted to Palermo, is currently on a season-long loan at Parma.
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