There's no doubt that Marouane Fellaini is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League - his strength and aerial ability make him a constant threat from set pieces.
But are these attributes really what Arsenal need to improve in their midfield next season?
In my opinion no.
Last year the Gunners deployed Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey as the two deeper lying midfielders and that combination worked well during the final stage of the season.
Despite the improved defensive shape this relationship brought the team, a true holding defensive midfielder would have been perfect to complete this job and allow the likes of Arteta, Ramsey and Wilshere to concentrate on the attacking part of their roles.
Fellaini would be an improvement in this area but his best position isn't really in the central defensive role. The big haired Belgian was most useful playing behind, or alongside a striker, causing havoc with his ability to hold the ball up and bring others into attacking areas. While this would be a useful new dimension to Arsenal it's certainly not essential.
Someone like Celtic's Victor Wanyama could bring the ability to break up attacks using his strength and aggressive tackling. Fellaini can do this but he is prone to giving away a large number of fouls when being asked to do this job.
Then there is the price to consider, Fellaini's release clause is rumoured to be about £23 million. Wanyama would be available, for much less, probably somewhere in the region of £10 million, thus leaving more funds to concentrate on bringing in a top centre forward.
Fellaini would be a very good signing but considering the amount of money it would require to pry him away from Everton is he really the kind of player the Gunners desperately need? Leave your thoughts below.
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