With Arsenal missing so many crucial first team players, Sam Allardyce will be hoping that his Sunderland team can cause the Gunners problems although they themselves are also suffering from injuries to key personell.
It is difficult to be too critical of Arsene Wenger this season, with Arsenal playing some fantastic football and sitting on top of the Premier League table as well as the Champions League group of death. Two summer signings by the Frenchman have had a massive part to play in the resurgence of the Gunners, and that was one of the main points of contention for the growing army of disgruntled Gooners calling for Wenger to leave the club this summer.
Should Arsenal now sign M’Vila? by Twig
Arsenal are in urgent need of a defensive midfielder now, especially with the recent loss of Arteta to injury. Wenger has successively missed out on top defensive midfield targets, Lars Bender and Luiz Gustavo and the options are getting thinner by the day.
The re-occurring nightmare! by Ash
Today it is being reported that Arsenal and Arsene Wenger are set to rekindle interest in Yann M’Vila. M’Vila was last season’s biggest transfer fiasco for Arsenal after Robin Van Persie last season, with the Frenchman tipped to join the Gunners by many top European journalists, only for the defensive midfielder to stay at Rennes before linking up with Russian club Rubin Kazan in the winter transfer window.
Has the Jovetic interest ended? by AH
I don’t know how many times I have read that the Fiorentina striker Stefan Jovetic has signed a pre-contract agreement with Arsenal and will join the Gunners when the transfer window opens. I’ve even seen Photoshop pictures of Jovetic edited in an Arsenal kit, yet now all of a sudden the story has gone cold. However, now there are reports that once Juventus declared an interest, Jovetic would like to stay in Italy.
The end of the season is unusually tense at Arsenal as we are sitting two points behind Tottenham in the race for the last Champions League spot and we have to play Wigan and Newcastle. The club gets a lot of criticism these days but the club always manages to finish in a safe position, however, this season things could be different.
Why Arsenal need a new defensive midfielder and why Arteta has been struggling by KJ
It’s that time of the year again where we slowly but eventually start postulating on who we need to sign in the summer. Many people will say a striker is most important, others will say a centre back but for me, a defensive midfielder should be at the top of our list.
Most would agree that Arsenal need a proper defensive midfielder. Arsene Wenger allowed the sale of Alex Song to Barcelona in the summer and have not replaced him. We can argue about whether Song was disciplined enough for the role, but Arsenal have not brought anyone in to do the job. Wenger just moved Mikel Arteta further back. We also have Francis Coquelin coming through, but recent events have shown up the lack of an experienced, out and out midfield destroyer.