The midfield is one of the most important positions in the modern game, with possession and the ability to turn defence into attack a huge factor.
The base of the midfield is probably the most crucial selection for us, with different tactics being used for different opponents, but which pair should play in the majority of matches.
Granit Xhaka arrived for in excess of £30 Million this summer, and has impressed thus far, but he is a deep lying playmaker, and has a keen eye for a pass.
Francis Coquelin is the most defensive option we have available, and has become an integral player for us over the past couple of years. His job is not one to be overlooked, and he regularly gets fielded in the tougher matches, but is he one of the players who instils you with the utmost confidence?
Mohamed Elneny can play a variety of roles in midfield, and can be fielded in a more advanced position also, but I like to think of him as our box-to-box midfielder. The Egyptian is full of running, and hit the ground running for us on his arrival in January. For whatever reason, he has had limited appearances so far this year, but I remain a big fan of his.
Santi Cazorla is another one who can be fielded more advanced, and was a huge loss for us when picking up an injury last term. He is back fit and impressing once more, and is tough to leave out of the side, but you can only pick two of these…
You also have Aaron Ramsey, who when fit, is a favourite of Arsene Wenger’s, although he is regularly fielded further forward. He played in the deeper role for Wales however, with the freedom to push up, and he excelled in the European Championships.
Who is our strongest pairing?
Who should be bossing our midfield from the base?
- Granit Xhaka (45%, 473 Votes)
- Santi Cazorla (33%, 342 Votes)
- Francis Coquelin (10%, 109 Votes)
- Aaron Ramsey (7%, 71 Votes)
- Mohamed Elneny (4%, 45 Votes)
Total Voters: 589