Do we need James McCarthy? by KJ
It’s clear as day that Wenger needs a new central midfielder. We’ve only got 3 proper first team midfielders at the moment and they seem hopeless together. We’ve also got another extremely talented one but he’s a crock, constantly stuck on the injury table. As a result, Wenger has been perusing the market for the answer and the reports indicate that Wigan’s James McCarthy (valued at £8 million) is Arsenal’s answer.
McCarthy is a Republic of Ireland international currently playing for relegation strugglers Wigan. He’s only 22 years old and qualifies for the home-grown rule (which is very important nowadays). He’s currently on 2 goals and one assist after 21 games but his game is more similar to Arteta rather than someone likes Cazorla. He’ll be involved in the nitty-gritty like intercepting the ball, hassling the opponents etc. If he was to join, you’d see him as the long term successor to Arteta. He’d be able to apply the pass and move to his game fairly quickly coming from Wigan (who have a similar footballing philosophy to ours).
Unfortunately, like some, I don’t really like the idea of this signing. Arsenal apparently have funds upwards of £100 million now and yet we persist with shopping in the bargain bin rather than going all out and getting a class player (like Strootman, Wanyama, Fellaini etc.). It really is disappointing that we aren’t pushing the boat out with signings like McCarthy. He may turn out good but there’s no doubt in my mind that it’ll take a couple of seasons before we see his best (providing he actually settles in). I don’t mind McCarthy providing we bring in a proper defensive midfielder (even Diame would suffice) but we all have that feeling that if we do bring in McCarthy, he’ll be the only one we bring in.