You would have to go back to the year that Thierry Henry left Arsenal to find the last time Arsene Wenger permanently signed a defensive midfielder. Now, for some reason, he seems to be avoiding it once again.
That man was Lassana Diarra in 2007, more than eight years ago. The Frenchman only made 15 Premier League appearances for the Gunners, but why doesn't Wenger purchase a combative midfielder anymore?
Is it stubbornness? Does he not realise the deficiencies of his team? Is he not getting the final say on transfers? Whatever it is, it's infuriating Arsenal supporters.
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This week it was revealed that the north London club are reportedly in talks to sign Basel midfielder Mohammed Elneny.
The Egyptian is described as another technically gifted, creative central midfielder, so it won't come to much surprise to Arsenal fans that Wenger wants to sign him.
He can keep the ball well and can rush forward and join attacks; the perfect Wenger player in the modern era.
It must have enraged Arsenal fans when they saw this headline. Some may have thought, well at least Wenger is signing someone, the majority most likely sighed and realised once again they might blow their chance at winning the title for the first time in 11 years.
Southampton serves as a reminder
Arsenal were thrashed 4-0 by Southampton on Boxing Day, a statement that undermined their title challenge. They went from convincing many they were the real deal by defeating rivals Manchester City 2-1 a few days prior, back to the familiar conclusion of 'same old Arsenal'.
Wenger's side are regularly characterised as a team who blow away smaller opposition in tremendous fashion, defeat a big side at home to build up enormous hope, only to be crashed down back to reality a week later in a tough away match.
The traditional and loyal followers of the Gunners would have seen the Southampton game coming. Arsene Wenger's side are labelled weak because they don't have a physical presence in midfield.
Southampton did, they had Victor Wanyama, a player that has been linked with Arsenal in recent weeks. The Kenyan bossed the middle of the park, not giving Wenger's technical players a kick.
Why doesn't Wenger sign him? The price tag has been rumoured to be between £15-20 million, something of a bargain in the modern game, especially considering the huge defensive problem he would solve.
Is he so stubborn that he wants to stick to his technical philosophy, regardless of results?
He has said himself he can see this Arsenal team lacks balance without Francis Coquelin in the side, so why doesn't he change it and sign Wanyama?
These are all questions that are frustrating, puzzling and need answering because Wenger could be about to blow the title again.
Doesn't understand Arsenal's priorities
Per Mertesacker once again showed he isn't good enough for Arsenal, another position Wenger has refused to strengthen. Olivier Giroud was also back to his old self, falling over and slowing the play down, yet another position that needs strengthening.
I can't see Arsenal winning the title under Wenger because he doesn't solve their problems. The league is at a poor standard this time around so they could get away with it and win it anyway, but why take the risk?
Why not almost guarantee you will win it, by signing a holding midfielder, signing a dominant centre-half and a more mobile striker. Take advantage of your rivals not strengthening sufficiently.
Where is the evidence to suggest Arsenal will ever win the league under the former Monaco manager? The only reason they're going close this year is because others have let them into it and even then it looks like they might still throw it away.
They may have recently defeated both Bournemouth and Newcastle, but when it comes to tough away trips they still struggle to take the occasion seriously.
Struggle in big away games
They have already shown in the two difficult away matches they have had so far this season, Chelsea and Southampton, that they can't cope with the physicality.
Wenger has to sign players who are going to fight. Look at the impact that Petr Cech has had, a brilliant example of the affect a dominant leader in the spine of your team can have. The glaring signs are there and have been there for too long, he must be too stubborn to change it.
It's not fair on the fans that travel miles and spend ridiculous amounts of money to support their team to only go and see them get smashed by Southampton.
Wenger has to change his ways if he wants to win the title, and signing Elneny is not the way to go about it.
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