Arsenal have an embarrassment of midfield riches

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Despite defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday night, Arsenal can point to the fact that their midfield dominated possession in the second half against last year's beaten finalists.

For long periods their midfield dominated the ball leaving Dortmund chasing shadows and committing rash fouls, which is unlike a German side.

Arsenal, in the end, were unfortunate not to get something out of the game in terms of a
result but Arsene Wenger will be pleased with his midfield's display despite a number of absentees through injury.

Two players in particular have bolstered Arsenal's midfield this season. Mesut Ozil, a record signing in the summer, and Aaron Ramsey, a figure clearly rejuvinated this season.

Ramsey has emerged as a crowd favourite this season with a number of quality displays as well as goals. Ozil has shown the footballing world the undoubted class that he possesses and has further proved that Real Madrid's decision to sell was strange to say the least. He is fast becoming an Arsenal hero.

With Ozil and Santi Cazorla in midfield Arsenal have creativity and skill in abundance, which is capable of unlocking any defence in the world. Against Dortmund the pair showed their class with some sublime first-time touches and technical ability that most can only dream about.

If Arsenal can play these two together on a regular basis then I predict silverware, which has alluded the north London club for too long, will be on the horizon for Wenger and his team.

Added to this there is the obvious talent of Jack Wilshere. It is no reflection on him that Arsenal were more potent when he was replaced by Cazorla because he had shown some real glimpses of quality despite some heavy knocks during the first half and early stages of the second half.

He will benefit from playing and watching the talents that his teammates possess. He is clearly going to be an England and Arsenal stalwart for many years as long as he doesn’t get distracted by fame and fortune.

Injuries to England duo Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain have denied Arsenal the injection of pace that benefits every side. Once they return then the competition for places will be huge but Wenger would prefer too many options than none at all.

It will help him in his squad rotation policy particularly if Arsenal are battling for silverware in all competitions.  

Mattieu Flamini has been arguably the signing of the summer. For all Ozil's skill and flair Flamini has provided the anchor to the midifeld allowing others, such as Ozil, Cazorla and Ramsey, to go and express themselves in areas that will hurt the opposition and they have done this very effectively.

Flamini's contribution is selfless and his contribution to Arsenal's recent performances should not be ignored.

Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby can also fullfil this role very well but they can also add
different dimensions to the Arsenal midfield. I thought Arteta was particularly impressive against Dortmund, as was Thomas Rosciky against his former club.

Arsenal fans may well share my view that this midfield is perhaps one of the very best they have had in recent history, but they need to go on and prove that this season.

They have a tough fixture list over the next fortnight and Wenger will hope that their early season promise does not peter out as it has done in previous years.

I am sure the added competition in midfield will help their cause.

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