Despite already signing one central midfielder in the January transfer window, the options for Arsenal in the middle of the pitch were exposed again last weekend as the Frenchman Mathieu Flamini had another one of his off days. He made mistakes defensively and lost his discipline on a number of occasions, which he would have got away with if his finishing was any better.
With Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla out injured in the long term, Arsenal are looking very short of options in midfield, even if the inexperienced Mohamed Elneny arrives this month. What the Gunners really need is a proven Premiership defensive midfielder like Southampton’s Victor Wanyama to play straight away, and to share the responsibilities with Francis Coquelin when the Frenchman returns in February.
Wenger has a hatred for specialist defensive Midfielders. By Galen Sona
I got up today seeing Arsenal top of the league… yet I don’t feel happy or excited. I don’t know if something is wrong with me or if am the Only Arsenal fan feeling this way. Am I ungrateful? I just have a feeling that we could have gone above Man City by about 7 – 10 points by now if we were more serious.
Its not the end of the world, actually a blessing in disguise! by SOH
Now yes we are all pretty angry about what just happened to Arsenal at St Marys, against a struggling Southampton side, but what can we take from this game?
I am not going to use the fact that Arsenal were on the wrong end of the decisions of the referee and his assistants for the first three of the four goals scored by Southampton as the reason we lost this Premier League away game. It was unlucky on us but these things happen and they were simple mistakes by the officials and these things can happen in football.
Wanyama Won’t Be Sold, But Arsenal Have A Plan B!
Arsenal have been dealt a blow in the pursuit of the Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama as Saints boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed that no player will be allowed to leave St. Mary’s in the upcoming winter transfer window. The comments from Koeman follow increased speculation of a potential £15 miilion bid from Arsenal for Wanyama.
In the midst of all the talk about a potential move for Victor Wanyama, Arsenal are also being linked to another bright young defensive midfielder, Inter Milan’s Marcelo Brozovic, who the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is said to have been scouting for quite some time now.
Despite some good performances for Arsenal in the absence of Francis Coquelin, it seems as though Mathieu Flamini will be leaving the club this summer as Arsene Wenger continues his search for a more long-term alternative in defensive midfield.