Forget Xhaka – Here Are 3 Quality Central Midfielders Who Could Perfect The Anchor Role At Arsenal

Granit Xhaka (middle)

Three Quality Replacements For The Faltering Granit Xhaka Who Arsenal Can Target

The Gunners midfield hasn’t exactly clicked like what the fans might have expected, with the likes of Mohamed Elneny, Francis Coquelin and Granit Xhaka failing to anchor the midfield. With rival clubs like Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United boasting some of the best midfielders in the Premier League, Arsene Wenger must step up and bring in world-class talents to the Emirates in the upcoming January transfer window.

Arsene Wenger needs to recruit players who can form a long-term partnership for the Gunners in midfield. In particular, players better than that Arsenal currently possess.

Let’s take a look at three possible midfield targets Arsenal should sign in January.

Julian Weigl

The 21-year-old German midfielder is already a big part of Dortmund’s midfield and offers everything that Arsenal’s midfield currently lacks. His concentration and accurate passing ability set him apart from Arsenal’s Elneny and Coquelin.

Weigl has the potential to become everything that Granit Xhaka was expected to become. He is earning rave reviews for his performances and would surely be a massive fit alongside Aaron Ramsey or Jack Wilshere. Wenger should certainly consider him as one of the options.

Leandro Paredes

The 23-year-old Argentine midfielder is also a strong candidate, having impressed during his loan spell with AS Roma last season. The Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder made 23 appearances for the Italian club in Serie A last season and was more than impressive.

A set-piece specialist, Paredes has never backed off a challenge and also has the vision for a pass. Liverpool were previously linked with the 23-year-old but a deal never materialised.

Arsene Wenger could certainly use a player like Paredes who will bring in some ferocity to Arsenal’s toothless midfield.

Grzegorz Krychowiak

The fact that he is in Tony Pulis’ West Brom side tells you how good of a defensive midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak is. The former Sevilla midfielder knows a thing or two about handling pressure and has won two Europa League titles with the Spanish club.

The Polish midfielder could be the perfect man for the job at Arsenal as he can address the defensive fragilities of the Gunners’ midfield. The 27-year-old is currently on loan from PSG and is playing for the first time in the English Premier League.

In his 6 appearances for the Baggies this season in the Premier League, Krychowiak had looked every bit of a player that the Gunners could use in their ranks. He is certainly one man Wenger has to keep tabs on.

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Written by Kevin Ronith

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