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THIS defensive midfielder WILL solve Arsenal’s problems


Hey guys, I heard that Arsenal are looking for a new DM and also heard that Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan is available as he has just 18 months left on his contract. How come Wenger hasn’t heard the same news! Now wait.I can see you boiling up with the ‘we need a proper DM’ scream but what exactly is a proper DM in the modern game? Well, judging by the qualities most teams are looking for, a good one should be;

-a great interceptor
-a great passer (long range accuracy is welcome )
-great sense of position
-great tackler

Wenger’s mistakes are the reason for Arsenal fans’ anger

Arsene Wenger is not the right man for Arsenal because of his poor decision-making – by Vlad Jensen (jensenvk)

There is a lot of talk among fans whether Arsene Wenger is still the right manager for our club or is he past his shelf date? If we analyze the last four years of Wenger’s reign, we can see a chain of events and poor decisions what made us fall short of winning the Premier League title. That same chain of events has built up frustration and anger among fans that is now transforming that into unpleasant spat and unrest at the Emirates. Here is why that is the case:

Arsenal Debate – Should we use Wilshere in his England role?

Should Wilshere be Playing a Deeper Midfield Role for Arsenal As Well? by AT

Undoubtedly, the biggest relief Arsenal can take from the latest international break is the fact that there are no new injury concerns to address. In addition to that relief, there was also the sheer joy of watching the Gunners’ English contingent shine so bright for Roy Hodgson’s side against Scotland. Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck all put in good performances, but the pick of the lot was Jack Wilshere, playing in a much deeper role.

Does Arteta contract mean Arsenal won’t sign a new DM?

Arsenal fans have been hoping for a player to solve the age old defensive midfield problem for some years now, but the Gunners were in danger of taking a backward step rather than sorting it out, according to a Metro report.

The Spanish midfielder and club captain Mikel Arteta may not be every Arsenal fans’ idea of the right player for the job, but when you consider the options in the Arsenal squad at the minute, the last thing we wanted was to lose him. So the news that Arteta has brushed off any rumours about him moving on and agreed an extension to his current contract must be seen as a positive piece of Arsenal transfer news.

Should Flamini go straight into Arsenal’s first XI against Spurs?

It’s official, Arsenal have completed the signing of defensive midfielder Mathieu Flamini on a three year deal after the Frenchman was released from Italian giants AC Milan earlier on in the summer.

The 29-year-old former Gunner had been training with the Arsenal first-team squad for the last month or so and it seems as though he’s impressed the Arsenal boss enough to re-sign him on a permanent deal. Contrary to reports which emerged yesterday, his salary is believed to be a modest £40k a week.

Arsenal Debate – Our Defensive Midfield Options 2013/14

Arsenal midfield 2013/14, the defensive line by Blaz

In the last couple of days there were plenty of photos on Arsenal.com of players starting preparation for the new season. First of all, what are Chamakh, Andre Santos, Bendtner, Park still doing there? And secondly, there was an interesting face I’ve seen. I almost forgot about The Dench himself, when I saw Frimpong smiling from the photo. Remember him? Went on couple of loans, got few injuries, kicked van der Vaart around,… But this year things might change – one of our potential future golden boys, Francis Coquelin went on a loan. It seems Frimpong will get his chance to play with the big boys (about time though). And his natural place of play is DM. So, we have Arteta, Ramsey playing there and now Frimpong.

With Mikel Arteta, Arsenal DON’T need a new defensive midfielder

Arsenal debate: Is Arteta good enough to win trophies? by DG

Frequently overlooked for fancier showmen, Mikel Arteta has had a fantastic season for Arsenal. While much of this summer’s debates will centre on the need for attacking players, there seems to be a train of thought that we need to sign a big name in central midfield to really push on. I would argue that while we do need options in central midfield, the situation is not as dire as some might suggest. We do need to bring in someone, but that someone doesn’t need to be a ready-made star. Mikel Arteta does a phenomenal job for us, and rather than replace him, we need to bring in a long term successor. So just how important has Arteta been for us this season?

Is Aaron Ramsey ready to be Arsenal’s new DM?

Aaron Ramsey’s best position? by AH

Aaron Ramsey is a player that the fans have mixed opinions on. For the majority of the season he’s been knocked down by the fans but in recent weeks his strong performances have earned him a little more praise. In yesterday’s game he wasn’t the same player that we had seen put in some magnificent performances in recent weeks but he still manages to have control over the game and in fact his role in this team may be a little more important than we imagined.

Frimpong wants Arsenal first team football next season

The big defensive midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has been unlucky with injuries in the last couple of seasons, just as it seemed that he had broken into Arsenal’s first team, but now he has fully recovered he is preparing to fight his way back into contention.

Frimpong is currently out on loan at Fulham to regain his match fitness, and he is inspired by the comeback of Jack Wilshere to give him the belief that he can also return to his former excellence, and his taking his previous injuries philosophically.

Arsenal only need TWO players right now…..

Do we really need five players Bob? by DW

Bob recently published an article stating that Arsenal need 5 more players. Having considered our current crop of players i feel that in the short term that maybe 3 players is what we require in this transfer window to secure a Top 4 spot. The two key areas where I’m sure all Arsenal fans feel we need to strengthen is both up front and in the defensive midfield position.

Is Arsenal going to take a risk on Diaby yet again?

Will Wenger repeat the same mistake again? by Twig

When Wenger sold Song in the summer, many gunners thought he would move for a replacement defensive midfielder. However, he didn’t and it seemed he made a gamble that Diaby could manage to remain fit and anchor the Arsenal midfield.

Gunners heaved a sigh of relief after every game that Diaby played and for once it seemed that Diaby had finally put his injury woes behind him. Indeed, he put in a couple of man of the match appearances, until, as expected, Diaby hobbled off with an injury in the game against Chelsea. Wenger was warned, but he refused to listen!

Mikel Arteta is loving new Arsenal role – And it works!

Arteta is happy with his new role and is up for it! by KJ

Mikel Arteta was signed by Arsenal last summer just minutes before the transfer window closed. It was after that shocking defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford and many deemed it a panic buy. However, the mass opinion couldn’t be further from the truth. The Spaniard was our most important midfielder last season and possibly our second best player. His passing and movement was second to none.