This summer has seen Arsenal linked with many attacking options, but little in the way of defence. Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue one of the most notable, but should Arsenal be stepping up their bid to find a holding midfielder?
Folllowing Alex Song’s move to Barcelona last summer, Abou Diaby was looked upon by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as his replacement, but an injury sustained early on in the season ruled him out of action.
Mikel Arteta very briefly filled the void in playing in front of the defence, but the Gunners have certainly lacked a natural defensive midfielder in games. Somebody combative who breaks up the play and simply lays it on for a more creative player to thread balls through.
Many feel this could be the difference between Arsenal challenging for trophies next season, and had expected this summer to be a hunt for ‘the new Patrick Vieira‘.
According to the Metro, Bayern Munich midfielder Luis Gustavo has been linked with Arsenal, but there has been no further word from either camp. The Gunners have two players in the side who would regard themselves as holding midfielders, and one of them has already been loaned out to SC Freiburg – Francis Coquelin.
Their other choice, Emmanuel Frimpong, spent last season on loan at Fulham – making six Premier League appearances. While still very inexperienced, the 21-year old could well find himself given more game time next season as the hunt goes on.
With the form shown by Arsenal at the tail end of last season to snatch the final Champions League place from bitter rivals Tottenham, are they really in desperate need for a combative midfielder? Or are they content to utilise the players they have in order to adapt?