Injuries have derailed Arsenal’s title hopes more often than not, but the Gunners cannot afford to bottle their chances of claiming their 14th Premier League title this season as only Manchester City can be deemed to be genuine title contenders.
With Francis Coquelin injured and Mikel Arteta passed fit, the London outfit are in a dire need of a defensive midfielder. Mathieu Flamini has surpassed the expectations his fans had for him, but he could prove to be a disastrous choice for a holding midfielder at times. Arsene Wenger should refrain from gambling and should instead be grinning in photos with his new midfield signing. The French gaffer understands that he cannot fail to address the issue and told the press earlier this season that he would try to sign a defensive midfielder of the right quality when the transfer window opens.
The Paris Saint-Germain youngster attracted interests from Arsenal last summer, but, much to the dismay of his mother Veronique Rabiot, a deal never came to fruition. With the likes of Marco Verratti and Benjamin Stambouli taking the spotlight away from him, he seems to be vying for a move away from Parc des Princes in search of first-team minutes. “I asked the president for a loan move in January if my time on the field is insufficient,” confesses the 20-year-old. “It is something he cannot refuse me – I know he likes me very much.”
Arsenal can do a lot worse than snapping up a loan deal for the French lad. At such a tender age, he stands more than six feet tall and has a wealth of experience under his belt to back it up. Given the injuries Arsenal players have sustained, he can expect to feature more often than he would play under Laurent Blanc. Arsene Wenger does not like doing big business in winter and the Paris club have time and again admitted their reluctance to sell their prized asset. A loan deal has the potential to please all the parties involved.