Arsenal supporters will be counting down the days until the transfer window slams shut after a summer of transfer woe.
Arsene Wenger finds himself under increasing pressure to bring in big name signings, with less than two weeks to go before the close of the window.
Quite why the Gunners have left it this long is anybody’s guess, but their opening day home defeat at the hands of Aston Villa proved to everyone, the alarming lack of depth they have in their current squad.
Wenger has since responded with a bid for Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye – an offer which angered Magpies boss Alan Pardew a great deal.
Pardew was unhappy with the manner in which Arsenal made the offer on the day of Newcastle’s season opener away to Manchester City, describing the bid as a ‘major distraction’.
With Newcastle seemingly not best pleased with the men from North London, it seems they are going to make it as difficult for the Gunners to do business as possible.
With that in mind, we have identified five potential midfield alternatives to Cabaye for Arsenal to consider.