With Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla out injured in the long term, Arsenal are looking very short of options in midfield, even if the inexperienced Mohamed Elneny arrives this month. What the Gunners really need is a proven Premiership defensive midfielder like Southampton’s Victor Wanyama to play straight away, and to share the responsibilities with Francis Coquelin when the Frenchman returns in February.
It seems that Ronald Koeman has said that the South Coast club will not be selling any stars in this window, but that decision may be taken out of his hands by the owners who have been happy to take large profits from moving players on in the past.
The latest rumors are even suggesting that the Saints are already looking at bringing in a replacement for the Kenyan in the form of the Feyenoord midfielder Tonny Vilhena, who also plays in the Netherlands U21 side. As Southampton like to buy in cheap and sell at much more inflated prices this seems like a real possibility if Arsenal make an offer they can’t refuse.
There are also whispers that Arsene Wenger could make the deal even more appealing by offering the ex-Southampton youngster Calum Chambers back to the club until the end of the season. Chambers would easily slip back into the Saints team and has been in training as a defensive midfielder as well as being able to play as centre-back or right-back while Vilhena is acclimatising to his new team-mates. Chambers would probably also get more first team action at ST. Marys than if he stayed at the Emirates….
If Arsenal managed to bring in Elneny and Wanyama would that be enough for Arsenal fans this winter?