Most Arsenal fans are still hoping and believing that one of the signings made by Arsene Wenger is the summer transfer window that is coming up will be a top quality central midfielder to play in the deep lying position. We have been linked with some big names in recent years and over the last few weeks it has been the names of Morgan Schneiderlin and Arturo Vidal that have been foremost in the Arsenal transfer rumours in the football media.
But the manager denied any interest in the Juventus and Chile star after the Gunners had lifted the FA cup at the weekend and there are growing reports that Manchester United are closing in on the Southampton and France star. If this is true then it suggests that Arsenal will not be signing a new DM after all, but why?
Well I can think of a few reasons which, when put together, could have convinced the Frenchman that he does not need to. Firstly the fantastic form of Francis Coquelin who has been the best Premier League midfielder on the defensive side of things since he came back into the side. He also showed some real technical ability at Wembley which suggested there is more to come from him.
Then you have Wenger admitting that Mikel Arteta is close to signing a contract extension, giving us a more creative option for some games. And finally you have the emergence of Gedion Zelalem who has been drawing lavish praise for his performances for USA in the under 20 World Cup. You can check him out playing against New Zealand below.
Perhaps Wenger feels that signing Vidal or Schneiderlin would put a big obstacle in front of Zelalem´s development just as he looks set to challenge for a first team role. What do you think Gooners?