Will Wenger repeat the same mistake again? by Twig
When Wenger sold Song in the summer, many gunners thought he would move for a replacement defensive midfielder. However, he didn’t and it seemed he made a gamble that Diaby could manage to remain fit and anchor the Arsenal midfield.
Gunners heaved a sigh of relief after every game that Diaby played and for once it seemed that Diaby had finally put his injury woes behind him. Indeed, he put in a couple of man of the match appearances, until, as expected, Diaby hobbled off with an injury in the game against Chelsea. Wenger was warned, but he refused to listen!
The Arsenal midfield had been outmuscled ever since and it it has become clear to everyone that Arteta cannot do the defensive duties of midfield alone. Thankfully, the January window is open and Wenger can move to rectify the imbalance in his midfield. Fortunately (or unfortunately), Diaby is fit again! He may not be ready in time for Swansea, but he would probably get to play against Chelsea and City (as they are such crucial games).
Would Diaby’s return from injury prevent Wenger from buying a defensive midfielder? Tragically, it seems a defensive midfielder is not top of Wengers wish list. The names that have been linked to Arsenal – Demba Ba, Adrian Lopez, Adrian Turan and Wilfried Zaha are all offensive players. It doesn’t seem as if Wenger is bothered at all about his small midfielders – in fact, he’s also gambling on the fitness of Arteta who is playing week in week out.
Should Wenger buy a new defensive midfielder with Diaby back? What happens if Wenger doesn’t buy and Diaby only gets to play one and a half games? Or do you feel the Arsenal midfield is fine just the way it is?