It has been of the most contentious issues for Arsenal fans in recent years. Well to be more exact, it seems as though all the Arsenal fans are in agreement and it has just been that Arsene Wenger did not seem to see things the same way about our lack of a proper defensive midfielder.
It is strange really, because when the Gunners were enjoying our most successful period, which culminated in the amazing and perhaps never to be matched achievement of winning the Premier League without losing a single game, it was with the combative midfield warrior Patrick Vieira at the heart of the side.
The fact that we were unbeaten but6 did not have a record points haul tells you that it was strength and grit as much as attacking flair that made us so good back then. And now it seems as though the Frenchman may have finally accepted that this is what the current Arsenal team is missing, as he said as much to the French media recently.
He even specifically mentioned our former captain, so maybe all the Arsenal transfer rumours linking us with the likes of Sami Khedira, Lars Bender and William Carvalho this summer were not just hot air after all. And hopefully the January transfer window will seed Wenger finally address the problem.
Wenger said, “On the whole I am very satisfied. We might be able to do a little more, people say that we lack a physical presence in midfield, one profile at a Vieira or Petit, it’s true that this is what we need.”
So who would you like to Arsenal sign for this role?