Stubborn is a word that Arsenal fans have often used to describe our long serving manager so it was no great surprise to hear Arsene Wenger talking about his belief that there is enough strength in depth in the Arsenal squad to be able to cope with the injury picked up by Francis Coquelin at the weekend.
Despite his words though, I believe that the boss has finally realised how important it is for the Gunners to have a player like Coquelin, one that supplies the strength and steel to balance out the silky skills and trickery of other Arsenal midfield stars like Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla.
A report in the Daily Mail claims that Arsenal are already drawing up a list of possible transfer targets that could fill the Coquelin shaped hole in the centre of our team and although I doubt whether the paper really does have this sort of insider knowledge, it would make sense for the manager and his scouting team to be as prepared as possible before the winter transfer window opens in just over a month.
When that does happen, we are likely to have a much better idea of when Coquelin is likely to be able to play again and if he is close to a comeback then Wenger might well keep his powder dry. But the weeks between now and then may also give the Gunners a stark reminder of how much we need some battling qualities in central midfield. So if Arsenal really struggle without the injured Frenchman then Wenger may well do what many Arsenal fans feel he should have done in the summer transfer window and sign another defensive midfielder to cover for and compete with Coquelin.
And with Arsenal apparently sitting on a huge cash reserve of something like £200 million, it is not as if Wenger needs to worry about the funds to finance the transfer of a top quality player although he could always try to make a little more by trying his hand at the slots on sites like Prime Slots or SlotSpinners, although if our luck with injuries is anything to go by he might as well not bother.
If, as I hope he does, Wenger decides to actually use the transfer window this time, there are a number of good options out there, with some early favourites in the rumour mill being the Sporting Lisbon and Portugal star William Carvalho and the Bayer Leverkusen and Germany star Lars Bender.
Both have been heavily linked with us before but I do not think Wenger really believed we needed a player like that until Coquelin’s return from a loan spell showed how much better Arsenal are with him. So will the Arsenal boss change his ways and splash the cash in January and if he does, who would you like him to sign?