At the beginning of the season Arsenal were awesome when Abou Diaby made a few rare appearances for the side, and as Thomas Rosicky has also been out injured all season it has been left to Mikel Arteta to act as the defensive midfielder in nearly every game so far.
Man Arsenal fans may blame Wenger for not bringing in someone like M’Vila in the summer while hoping that Diaby could stay fit for any period of time. That risk backfired horribly when Diaby went back (to join Rosicky) on the treatment table after just five games, and Wenger has now admitted that he may need another midfielder as cover.
Wenger had a chance last night to see if any of his youngsters or reserves were ready to bring through to the first team, but admitted that he still had a problem in midfield. He said: “I feel you discover the young players in these kind of competitions, and games like the one we had tonight. They have the quality.
“If everybody is fit we have a strong squad but in certain areas, of course when you have players like Diaby and Rosicky not fit, we are a bit short because we cannot rotate. We’ll see where we stand on January 1 and see what we do.”
Francis Coquelin was given a chance to shine last night but didn’t really stand out, while Rosicky’s return was probably the only good point to come out of the game. Maybe the worst thing that could happen is that both Diaby and Rosicky both get fully recovered for the whole of January, then as soon as the transfer window shuts they both go back into the medical department!
Who thinks Arsenal should be buying a backup in any case?