Half of the Arsenal fans on here reckon that we need a new beast of a midfielder as an enforcer in front of our quite solid defence, but the other half would prefer that we get a talented playmaker that could fill Santi Cazorla’s boots. We already have Ramsey, Xhaka, perhaps Wilshere, Coquelin, Elneny and hopefully Cazorla himself available this season to fill the roles but I doubt that any of them fill us with confidence right now.
But could the Everton midfielder Ross Barkley be the man to run our midfield? We know he will command the premium prices that English players carry, but we also know for sure he is available after turning down a £100,000-a-week new contract with Everton.
The Toffees manager Ronald Koeman made it clear that he will be leaving, When asked about whether Barkley would be leaving Everton he said: “Yes, 100 per cent.
“We made a good offer to him to sign a new contract, he declined that contract and told me that he is looking for a new challenge.
“It is not (an) Everton future any more, it is his decision, I need to respect that and then we will see what happens.
“My priority is not Ross, with respect, it is his decision. I look more to other players. I knew (this) at the end of the season.”
With five weeks until the end of the transfer window there is still a lot of action to be had, and with reports saying that Barkley is looking for £150,000-a-week at his new club, it has been rumoured that both Arsenal and Man United may be willing to match that commitment. Who thinks that the England international could be our mainstay midfielder for the forseeable future?