Do Arsenal need some physicality in their midfield? by KJ
Yesterday, I talked about why I feel that teams have found out how to shut down Arsenal. As a result, Wenger will need to address this problem and I’m wondering whether the absence of a physical midfielder could be our problem.
I identified Arteta’s brilliance as our downfall previously, and he seemed to be aided pretty well with Diaby by his side – a physical midfielder.
Whenever Arteta had the ball, he was always able to seek out Diaby in a time of need, as the Frenchman would hold the ball because of his immense strength before passing it back to Arteta, or swivelling to start an attack. Diaby’s presence also forced the opposing midfielders to be wary when hassling Arteta. If they gave Diaby too much space, he’d easily push past a tackle and would be away. His presence allowed Arteta to express himself without much pressure.
However, Diaby’s return date is still very much up in the air, and rumours have it that he might be out until January – something we all were dreading. It is frankly ridiculous that the club has constantly refused to buy that physical midfielder that we needed after Song’s departure because Diaby might make a miraculous recovery. He clearly hasn’t and again, we have risked our league performance on one player.
Some will ask, what player could we have signed? There are plenty. The likes of Etienne Capoue was available for £10m. I don’t understand why we never went in for him, he has so much potential as well as being very young.
I hate criticising the club, but they make it difficult not to. We always seem to be lacking those one to two players that would help us bridge the difference to champions and yet the board neglect to give Wenger the money to spend.
Could we finally expect Arsenal to fill this position in January? If so, who would you like to see?