Why Arsenal Have to Sign a DM this January! by AT
A lot of the blame for Arsenal’s dismal form so far this season has been focused on the lack of defensive depth and stability in the Gunners squad. While we could definitely do with a new centre-back or even two, there is another aspect of our defensive set up that needs more immediate attention considering our current situation. In my opinion, the Arsenal squad is in more desperate need of a defensive midfielder.
Jack Wilshere has recently had surgery and will be out for at least three months, and possibly more. Mikel Arteta needs to once again recuperate from a recurring calf problem and does not look likely to play a lot of games this season, leaving Arsenal with just two out-and-out central midfielders in Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini. With Abou Diaby continuing to be plagued by his injury curse and considering how Ramsey and Flamini aren’t the fittest of players themselves, I think Wenger has to definitely dip in to the market in January.
While the market may not have many options and although prices are likely to be inflated in January, I believe that we need another midfielder coming in to add more stability to the squad. If Wenger manages to get his hands on a world-class enforcer, it will go a long way in getting us set and steady for the new campaign next season. Now although that is unlikely, the North London side at least need to bring in a player on loan, like how Kim Kallstrom was broght in last season. But this time, the situation is even more desperate.
Looking at how the fixtures are going to come thick and fast in December and January, there are bound to be more casualties, especially in the middle of the park. With Flamini likely to play a lot of games this campaign, the Frenchman is likely to pick up a lot of suspensions as well. The most ideal solution is to sign a world-class defensive midfielder in January, but if that isn’t possible, Wenger has to at least make an emergency loan signing in January and then go in for a renowned midfield workhorse in the summer transfer window.