Arsenal: The importance of a defensive midfielder

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The way in which the current Arsenal team play requires a defensive midfielder. 

With many attacking players like Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and others, there is no player to sit behind them and hold them together. 

As well as this there is no effective cover for the defence which can leave them exposed at times and unable to prevent enemy attacks. 

Mikel Arteta was used in this position last season but while doing a satisfactory job, a specialised defensive midfielder may have done even more.

Additionally, Arteta is far more useful further up the pitch so the team will benefit from a defensive midfielder in more ways than one. 

Abou Diaby was used at times in this position but his injuries again haunted him meaning that he could not play consistently. 

The main reason that Arsenal need a defensive midfielder is to aid the defence and introduce some power into the deeper parts of the midfield.

What traits does a defensive midfielder need?

A defensive midfielder needs to have a physical presence being either tall and/or strong. This is needed to intimidate opponents and win duels in the midfield area to regain possession. Like any player on the pitch, he also needs to be intelligent and be focused on his defensive role. 

The intelligence of the player is important because it affects their positioning, decision-making and ability to read the game. These are crucial when preventing opposition attacks. 

A player in this position, depending on his style of play, needs to be quick and have a good engine. This is needed for him to run back to defend and push forward to contribute in attacks. 

Without a proper defensive midfielder, the defence can be subjected to a higher level of pressure from opponents making it easier for them to attack. The defensive midfielder will provide cover in situations where the defence becomes exposed.

There is an adequate selection of quality defensive midfielders available for Arsenal to buy such as Marouane Fellaini, Mohamed Diame and Cheick Tiote and it is an important position which needs to be filled. 

After buying a defensive midfielder, the Arsenal squad will be more organised at the back and may even benefit further up the field. 

At this moment in time, buying a player in this position is just as important as buying a striker.


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