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Arsenal need a defensive midfielder if they are to challenge for the title

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Arsenal's midfield is packed Wilshere, Ramsey, Cazorla, Rosicky, Arteta, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis are just a few names who can play in the attacking roles.

Mathieu Flamini is reportedly on the verge of a £4 million switch to Galatasaray, thereby leaving Francis Coquelin as the sole midfield player with a defensive attitude.

Despite Arsene Wenger's insistence to play Mikel Arteta in that position during the 2013/2014 campaign, heavy defeats to Chelsea and Liverpool have put question marks on his ability to perform in that role next year.

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Missed opportunities

With Geoffrey Kondogbia departed to Inter Milan and Morgan Schneiderlin gone to Manchester United, it poses questions to if and how Arsene Wenger will be dip into the transfer market to add to the signing of goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Coquelin's statistics read well. WhoScored claim that the Frenchman made 31 more tackles and interceptions than any other player in the Premier League in the previous campaign (as of April 2015).

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His performances coincided with a run of results that meant Arsenal would sit top of the league, if the Premier League was based on 2015 as a calendar year. 

But what if the Frenchman gets injured? With Wilshere and Ramsey's tendency to bomb upfield, it leaves the club with an unbalanced stock of midfielders.

Who else?

Linked with the club is Portuguese youth star William Carvalho, who could be available from Sporting Lisbon, albeit for a competitive price.

Victor Wanyama from Southampton would be a strong candidate, despite his club's hesitant approach to selling another key player this summer.

If Arsenal are serious about winning their first league in 11 years, they will need to be firing on all cylinders.

With no competition or back up to 'The Coq Block', that job may prove to be more difficult than has been touted by Gooners and the Gunners hierarchy.

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