Our defensive weakness has been well documented. Plus, it is pretty hard to ignore.

We look brittle against all top-flight opposition, moments of uncertainty plague us and there are at least two to three occasions when we come dangerously close to conceding.

One clean sheet at the halfway point of our Premier League campaign says it all, and it means that Emery will be looking into the window with a longing for an addition that can help his current defenders stay firm - and adopt the new methods a little quicker than they are at present.

It means we need a bit of experience at the back, someone who has done it in tough circumstances.

We do have options available to us right now, without any transfer activity. We could recall Calum Chambers from his Fulham loan. The England defender is not without promise, and is proving crucial to Claudio Ranieri’s plans.

We also have Konstandinos Mavropanos back from lengthy injury, and the young Greek impressed us all with his smattering of appearances in the tail end of last season.

Would they help us right now, or are they longer term replacements for the likes of club Captain Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi?

So, if Emery, with his pursestrings tight, is tempted into the market, who could he get that could do the job?

Step forward Diego Godin.

The Uruguay defender may be the wrong side of retirement age, but he is still amongst the best defenders in the game, and last season was responsible for shutting us out in our Europa League Semi-Final loss to Atletico Madrid. The defender is available on a free, is well versed in the art of defending, and could be brought in for free, which doesn’t contravene our budget.

The move is there for us, but Godin won’t be short of offers.

We could sorely do with a man of his ilk leading us though. Let’s hope January brings us what we need.