I am not saying that there are not a lot of top quality central, holding or defensive midfielders around Europe because there are. With Arsenal in dire need of someone in that position to shore up the Francis Coquelin shaped hole in our team, the football rumour mill has been whirring with many names.
With Chelsea having secured the league title, and our place within the top-four wrapped up (Liverpool would need to win their last three matches while overturning our superior goal difference by 22 goals), the club must be preparing their summer moves.
There is a very likely chance that the Gunners will be bringing in a defensive midfielder this summer, so any Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with this position should be taken seriously. One of the most talked about in the last few weeks has been a bid for the unhappy PSG man Yohan Cabaye, who was the subject of a £10million bid from Arsene Wenger two years ago.
The transfer window opens in just over a month now, so we are having a look at the latest rumours doing the rounds.
Yet again Arsenal find themselves inundated with further injuries, even though just a few weeks ago we seemed to have turned the corner. Wenger said at the beginning of the month, “We had Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Mathieu Debuchy and Mesut Ozil injured but they are slowly all getting better. Theo is the first to come back but I believe we are at the end of the tunnel.”
The priority for Arsenal in the January transfer window is likely to be for a central defender, as the recent injury problems of Laurent Koscielny have highlighted just how thin the Arsenal squad is in the defensive area. But many Arsenal fans will be hoping that Arsene Wenger finally accepts that he needs to sign a combative central midfielder to strengthen the spine of the team as well.
Arsenal have already famously bid for the PSG and France international midfielder Yohan Cabaye. The 28-year old was playing for Newcastle United at the time and could be back playing in the Premier League as soon as January, as his stint with the French champions looks certain to come to an end.
There were many Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with the French midfielder Yohan Cabaye, and it was even suggested that the Gunners had made a £12m offer for the Newcastle man, but the accomplished 28 year-old instead moved back to Ligue 1 with Paris St Germain for a reported price of more than £14 million to rejoin his old international boss Laurent Le Blanc.