Since the departure of Alex Song last summer, Arsenal have lacked the presence of a powerful defensive-midfielder that covers their defence and acts as a driving force behind their attacks.
Abou Diaby looked up to the job at the beginning of the season, where he was consistently using his physical presence to regain possession for the Gunners and drive forward.
Diaby particularly showcased his ability with a superb Man of the Match performance at Anfield as he controlled the midfield and did not allow Liverpool enough time or room on the ball to create chances and his extravagant passing was witnessed by all who watched.
At this stage it seemed like his previous injury prone days were behind him however in late September, in the 2-1 loss to Chelsea, Diaby suffered a hip injury which kept him out of action for three and a half months. Diaby came back again and had a small run in the team before, yet another, injury which was then shortly followed by the devastating news that Diaby sustained a tear to his anterior cruciate ligament.
So this means that his unfortunate injury troubled days are far from over.
With this said, it means that Diaby alone, cannot be relied on to consistently fill this important role within the team therefore, the Gunners will have to buy a defensive-midfielder this summer.
Last season Mikel Arteta was given the task of adapting to play in this position which he did well considering it is not his favoured position and he does not poses the physical nature that is desired in this position.
Furthermore Arteta is far more useful in attacking moves which can be more beneficial to the team as well. There have been some suggestions that Thomas Vermaelen could play as a defensive-midfielder - that may be worth a try in a pre season match, but not really an option in the Premier League as his passing will need to be extremely accurate.
Additionally Arsenal fans would love to see Vermaelen gain back the superb quality we know that he possesses in the centre-back position with his great work-rate attacking and defending.
This means that Arsenal will have to dig into the transfer market to find a suitable candidate to fill this important position.
A player who will be warmly welcomed at the Emirates is Everton's Marouane Fellaini.
He has a strong and big build, which is suited to this position and can get on the score sheet too as he proved with Everton in the past season scoring 11 Premier League goals. Another asset the big Belgian could bring to the team is a bit more strength from set pieces.
He is very strong in the air and wins many of his one on one duels, both on and off the ground. Simply a defensive midfielder who can score goals he would be a perfect candidate to fill such an important position on the pitch.
Another player who Arsenal could fill the role with, is Victor Wanyama of Celtic. The Kenyan is very forceful and defensive minded which can intimidate opponents and cover our defence when it becomes exposed at times.
Wanyama has a very strong physique to shrug opponents off the ball which helps in all areas of the pitch, especially when defending.
Wenger must dip into the market for a quality defensive minded midfielder and Fellaini or Wanyama should be the target for the Emirates side.
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