During the summer, Arsenal were being linked with every defensive midfielder going, from Yann M’Vila to Lucas Biglia. One of the men who was top of most Gooners wish lists was the 24-year old French international Etienne Capoue. Now it is being reported that the Gunners are lining up a £12 million swoop for Capoue when the transfer window opens in January.
The dynamic, defensive midfielder has been with the French club Toulouse since beginning his professional career and has racked up 134 appearances in all competitions. He does also pick up a massive amount of yellow cards and is contracted with his club until 2014. I wonder why Wenger did not go for him in the summer if he was so keen. Arsenal had enough time after the sale of Alex Song to Barcelona to organise a deal.
It is not as if Arsenal have struggled in midfield this season and there will soon be Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Emmanuel Frimpong to add to the squad. The report comes from Talksport and I have a feeling that they are on a slow news day. Having said that, an injury to Mikel Arteta would give Wenger serious cause for concern as he has been brilliant in his deep lying role.
Do we need to get a player such as Capoue in to give us another option or do we give the job to Frimpong and Coquelin? By January, Wenger might wonder why he ever considered buying another midfielder.