After the performance against Newcastle, it was definitely evident that we lacked the creativity and flair that Fabregas or Nasri so often bring to our midfield.
With countless amounts of possession, it was the little Russian Andrey Arshavin that provided the only and most incisive through ball when he delivered a cheeky chip to Van Persie, who failed to control.
With both Fabregas and Nasri close to the exit door, it was thought that quality players Juan Mata and Jadson would be possible contenders to fill the void left by our star duo, although to many fans dismay Wenger has ruled out any possible move for both the Spaniard and the Brazilian.
Arsene said on the matter: “We will not do a deal for Mata — I don’t have to give a reason why.”
He further added: “We are nowhere near on Jadson either. We are not talking to Shakhtar about him.”
Although, in saying this, contradictory words have come from Shakhtar head coach Mircia Lucescu who has confirmed interest from Arsenal saying: “I can confirm Jadson is wanted by Arsenal, now it all depends on him.”
While it seems that Mata is now extremely unlikely to join the gunners, when Fabregas and Nasri do leave the Emirates surely Wenger has to find replacements perhaps beyond Jadson’s ability to top-up our current lack of creative spark.
Although a necessity, there have been little reported rumours outside these two players with it looking increasingly likely that Wenger will simply put his faith in Ramsey, who showed against Newcastle he had good distribution but never looked likely to provide an incisive pass for a goal scoring opportunity. What do you think? Should we invest in a new world-class midfielder or is Ramsey, or perhaps Jadson up for the job?