Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has indicated that he intends to sign a holding midfielder this summer, despite the encouraging performances of Francis Coquelin this season, The Guardian reports.
The boss has previously been naive in his short-term judgement on players – which has subsequently affected his transfer plans – but it seems as though he isn’t going to make the same mistake.
Coquelin’s performances have been a pleasant surprise and the Frenchman has certainly proven that he can be a massive part of our squad in the near future; relying solely on him wouldn’t be ideal though.
The 24-year-old is the only player capable of efficiently performing in the holding midfield role, which would mean that any potential injury leaves us in the same predicament we experienced before Coquelin’s recall.
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“It hasn’t changed a lot,” Wenger assured fans when asked whether Coquelin’s performances had altered his plans.
“What is for sure is Coquelin has shown he has the capacity to play for us and play a big part in the success of the team.
“Even if somebody else comes in, he will stay here. I extended his contract [in February]. That means I believe in him.”
Wenger will certainly only look to bring players in that can improve our first XI, which is a policy ideal when hoping to challenge for the Premier League.
The depth of our squad remains one of the most impressive over the past 10 years, with the number of options available to the manager for each position beyond belief at times.
However, the squad needs to be supplemented with a slight injection of quality in a few areas, and we should certainly trust Wenger to deliver this close-season.