The Gunners have needed a strong, dominating central midfielder, who can defend with poise, but it is something that’s been absent for some time.
Jack Wilshere was lauded to have said qualities, but when he’s not going in for swashbuckling slide tackles himself, he’s the victim of them, leaving him susceptible to injury.
Speaking of the stretcher, Mesut Ozil now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines, and he is facing a battle to play any more football this year.
This leaves Wenger with plenty to ponder, and with the January transfer window fast approaching, it may be time to bring in an all-conquering midfielder to complement the guile of Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez. Here are three he could choose from:
The latest reports suggest the France midfielder is set to return to the Premier League in January. The former Newcastle United star departed for Paris Saint-Germain earlier this year. But he has had a frustrating time in the French capital, only making a handful of appearances. Whilst he’ll garner interest from many Premier League clubs, Arsenal would be a great fit. Casting aside the plethora of French starlets already in north London, they also have Cabaye’s former Magpies team-mate Mathieu Debuchy in their squad.
Southampton’s summer exodus was the biggest since McDonald’s student workers all went back to uni, but one player that didn’t move on was Morgan Schneiderlin. Despite allegedly seeking a move away, the powerful France international has remained at St Mary’s, putting in some excellent performances and once again demonstrating why he’s renowned as one of the best holding midfielders in England.
The talented German midfielder has been on Wenger’s wanted list for some time now, and ticks a lot of boxes for the Gunners. He is an anchor in midfield, defensively diligent and intelligent on the ball. The only snag in capturing the Real Madrid player is an injury to Luka Modric, meaning the Spanish side may want to keep hold of Khedira in January after all.
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