If I was the Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta or his central midfield team mate Mathieu Flamini, I would be getting a bit worried right now. Because their future Arsenal careers are starting to look a little bit dicey, to say the least, and the latest Arsenal transfer rumours are not making things any better for the pair, with a Metro report claiming that the Real Madrid and Spain international star Asier Illarramendi could be joining the Gunners at the end of this season.
We already have the exciting breakthrough of our young and versatile Frenchman Francis Coquelin, with reports that his recent form has convinced Arsene Wenger to offer him a three year contract extension. And the first Arsenal signing of the January transfer window, 17-year old Krystian Bielik, is also a central midfielder with such promise that he has been likened to Patrick Vieira. Wenger clearly has big hopes for the Polish youngster even though he may not feature much for Arsenal this season.
There are now reports from Spain suggesting that we have already made an offer to sign Illarramendi in the summer and also that the young Spaniard has welcomed the move and agreed in principle to come to the Premier League as a Gunner. If this is true it could well mean the end of the road at Arsenal for one of our 30+ central midfielders, but which one would you let go?