Arsenal’s quest for a proper destroyer in the middle, someone who can be attributed as a deep lying regista, has taken quite some search in the transfer market. Arsene Wenger has done a creditable job using Matheiu Flamini, in that role, getting him for nothing last summer. While Mikel Arteta looks increasingly concerned in the middle of the pitch, his tackling is at best unsaid. The Spaniard has an enviable passing range but tends to go into a shell when put under intense pressure. Kim Kallstrom has hardly featured while Abou Diaby is still on the sidelines, hence cutting options of a proper central defensive midfielder in the heart of the team. Arsenal’s plethora of midfielders would see attacks built right around this destroyer in the middle of the pitch, and as the summer approaches, we provide three feasible options for Arsene Wenger in this inflated transfer market.
An integral member of Sami Hyppia’s resurgent Bayer Leverkusen squad, perhaps Lars Bender would be tactically the most prominent fit in the current Arsenal squad. His technique as a tackler is sublime and be it his box to box roaming movements or the ability to play in any formation, the German fits in anywhere given his terrific work ethic and the willingness to put his body on the line for his team. Moreover he is in the mould of a proper central defensive midfielder, his ability to shield the back four and his attitude to work his socks off for his team perhaps suits the bill for Arsene Wenger’s team.
The sublime performances in the middle of the park from Aturo Vidal and Paul Pogba has meant Claudio Marchisio playing only a handful of games for the Old Lady. The Italian inspite of the dazzling ability on the ball, having the effectiveness of the barging runs up front has hardly featured in Antonio Conte’s starting eleven. Now the question is would he fit the bill for the Gunners? The 28 looks to be on the way out of Turin and the talent he has, the Italian would have no short of suitors when it comes to having a player of his quality. No doubt he ability of linking the midfield with attack and his defensive organization will be quite a vital cog in the already impressive Arsenal midfield which needs a last piece of the jigsaw.
PSG’s imposing presence in the middle of the park Blaise Matuidi has been a transfer target for most top European clubs for quite some time now, but there is one question which needs an answer before anything else. Will the Frenchman leave Paris and would PSG let him go away or keep hold of him? No doubt he is a beast in the middle if the park, someone who can break the opposition attacks and also tracks back efficiently to help out his defense. Moreover he has a lethal shot from distance, is a leader in the middle of the park and also makes efficient runs to aid his team’s attackers up front. Arsene Wenger makes an annual French acquisition every summer but Matuidi would be the best in years to land at the Emirates.