The first, Lucho Gonzalez, is an Argentina international who currently plays for Olympique de Marseille and is known for his high work-rate, good long range shot and his passing ability. Predominantly playing in the centre of midfield, Gonzalez at age 30 is a man filled with plenty of experience and is known for having great leadership skills earning him the nickname El Comandante (the Commander). It would be a welcome trait in a young and inexperienced Arsenal team. It is reported Wenger is keen to sign him on a season-long loan.
The second, Marvin Martin, is a French footballer who currently plays for Sochaux in Ligue 1. Similar to Cesc he plays the creative play-making role in midfield and only at age 23 would be a welcome permanent replacement for Cesc Fabregas. He has great technique on the ball and is described to have excellent vision. It has been reported that Sochaux value the Frenchman at around £12m, which would fit nicely into Wenger’s transfer policy.
Lastly is holding midfielder Yann M’Vila who is currently a French international. Described by his current club Rennes to possess great defensive ability and impressive physical strength, the young Frenchman would bring more competition with Frimpong and Song also competing for the holding position. It is understood he is keen on Arsenal due to their recent Champions League qualification and the potential to prove himself in a bigger league would help solidify his position in the French national team.
Out of the potential targets, I would have to say Marvin Martin would be the most desirable of the three. Frimpong and Song are already strong in the holding midfield position and Lucho Gonzalez is more of a temporary fix rather then a long-term replacement for Cesc/Samir. As much as I love Ramsey, judging by previous performances he is still a little slow on the ball and needs more time to improve. If signed Marvin Martin could easily slip into the old Fabregas role, playing the creative attacking midfielder behind our front three.
What do you think? Would Martin be a good signing for the Gunners? Or would you prefer to see someone else fill the Fab-gap? Feel free to leave a comment below.