I am not so sure that Arsenal are in dire need of a new DM, unless he is already much better than the ones we already have at the club, but knowing Arsene Wenger he is probably looking a bit further ahead than I am.
So the news that we are considering bringing in a young Norwegian defensive midfielder strikes me as a typical Wenger move, and the Norwegian youngster Sander Berge does actually look like a very promising acquisition. He was only snapped up by Belgian side Genk in January of this year from Valarenga but he was established at the Norwegian side at just 18 years of age, and was thrown straight into Genk’s first team on arrival in Belgium.
He is very big and strong, having come from a family of basketball players, and also has a few international caps with Norway despite his young age. He is obviously talented, and at a quoted price of around £18million could definitely prove value for money if he manages to prove himself in the Premier League.
We thought we had solved our defensive midfielder problems when Francis Coquelin proved to be our saviour a few years ago, but he doesn’t seem to have developed into the superstar we were hoping for, and Mohammed Elneny has also failed to impress much so far, so perhaps he could even be a candidate for a first team place at Arsenal straight away.
I think I’d be happy if Arsenal bought him and even loaned him back to Genk for one more season to help his development, as he looks like typical one-for-the-future Wenger signing….