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Arsenal: The Holding Midfielder Debate 5

Posted on July 20, 2013 by Crippy Cooke

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.

Will Coquelin get his chance against Southampton? 4

Posted on September 10, 2012 by admin

The young Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has been promoted to the Arsenal first-team this season, but with the resurgence of Abou Diaby he has not been given a look in during the first three League games.

He has already stated that he will give it six months to see if he can make the breakthough. He said: “In July, I met the coach and he told me I am a full member of the team and he relies on me. Looking at who we have signed, they have trust in me.

“Alex Song left for Barcelona and they didn’t sign another defensive midfielder.

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