Three potential defensive midfielder signings for Arsenal

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Last season Francis Coquelin's emergence in the Premier League as one of its finest midfield enforcers was nothing short of a miracle.

The Frenchmen was seen as a lost cause and was only recalled from a loan at Charlton Athletic due to Arsenal's dire injury situation during the Christmas period.

However in a short space of time Coquelin emerged as Arsenal's latest hero as he finally solved Wenger's issue of defensive stability in midfield.


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Now the time has come for Wenger to look for cover to protect and support his newest star man.

Here are three players who would not only provide suitable cover for 'Le Coq' but improve the squad as a whole and help Arsenal's Premier League title challenge.

1. Steven N'Zonzi

Stoke's player of the season last year was in superb form as Mark Hughes's side had their most impressive season in the Premier League. The midfield enforcer's physical attributes were crucial to Stoke's fine form and made them one of the hardest sides to face in the division.

However N'Zonzi's game is more than just physical strength and defensive capabilities the Frenchmen is more than capable of controlling the tempo of games. He's also not bad going forward and contributed three goals last season, including a sensational effort in the 6-1 demolition of Liverpool.

With similar attributes to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, albeit not on the same level, N'Zonzi would be a very astute piece of business by Wenger.

2. Grzegorz Krychowiak

Sevilla enjoyed a fantastic season in 2014/15, winning the Europa League and qualifying for next season's Champions League.

This was all achieved without former captain Ivan Rakitic as the Seville side claimed their second
consecutive European crown and impressed domestically.

Carlos Bacca was undoubtedly the headline name of Sevilla's league and European campaigns but Polish international Krychowiak was arguably Unai Emery's most important player.

Krychowiak was a vital defensive shield for Sevilla and established himself as one of the finest midfield enforcers in La Liga.

Tough in the tackle with great technical ability Krychowiak has all the characteristics to suggest he would slot effortlessly into the physicality of the Premier League, might not come cheap though.

3. Maxime Gonalons

Lyon's midfield enforcer has been a rumoured Arsenal target for quite some years now. The French international has been just one of many youth prospects to break into the Lyon team over the years and has only improved over time.

Last campaign was arguably Gonalons and Lyon's finest campaign together as they pushed oil-rich PSG right to the wire for the Ligue 1 title. Tough in the tackle, superb in the air and an eye for a pass Gonalons seems like the ideal player for Wenger's system.

The Lyon man will not come cheap as the French club look to make a statement in next season's Champions League but Gonalons may feel his development is over and is now ready to join an elite club.

My choice: Maxime Gonalons

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