It has come as no real surprise that Arsenal have been linked with almost every top European player this summer. Last year spelled another campaign without a trophy (apart from Wenger’s top-four trophy, of course), and there are now increasing fears that it’ll be much of the same next season if reinforcements aren’t brought in.
The board have reportedly confirmed that Wenger will have a substantial transfer kitty to go shopping with this summer, one that ‘should’ ensure struggling to finish fourth again next season will not be an issue. If Wenger can rediscover his transfer shrewdness of the late 90s early 2000s, Arsenal may even put up a small fight for the Premier League crown again.
But that all depends on where he strengthens and, as all Arsenal fans will agree, the defensive midfield role needs addressing urgently.
It doesn’t take a footballing genius to know that Arsenal have lacked any real quality in that area of midfield ever since Alex Song left for Barcelona. Yes, Mikel Arteta has been doing a sterling job in that role over the past season but, at 31-years-old, how long before his quality begins to dwindle?
The rest of the midfield is filled with quality and the Gunners are desperate for a defensive midfielder who can compliment the attacking threats posed by Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla.