Wenger will again have money to spend in the summer transfer window and he already knows that he will enter next season with his midfield resources depleted. Aaron Ramsey is expected to be out for eight months after the double fracture of his right leg that he suffered at Stoke City on Saturday.
"We were interested in Melo during the summer," said Wenger. "We watched him in Brazil's international at the Emirates, against Italy [in February 2009], when he had an outstanding game. Then he went to Juventus and that team has struggled and certainly he has not had the season that everyone predicted he would. We still think he is a very talented player and with Gilberto Silva, Brazil have a very useful pair in midfield. We are still looking at Melo."