A holding midfielder is one of the areas many Arsenal fans would like to see strengthened this summer, despite the admirable rise of Francis Coquelin.
In a sense, it represents the drastic situation we found ourselves in before Coquelin’s recall from a loan spell at Charlton. The likes of Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini were tasked with occupying that role, but both have been evidently out of their depth at times.
Therefore, any injury to Coquelin will certainly draw a collective gasp from the Emirates faithful, which is exactly why Wenger must add another player in that department.
However, with rumours circulating regarding a move for Arturo Vidal (Cadena Cope), Wenger should curb his desire to add attacking talent and focus on adding a special defensive midfielder to our squad.
Vidal often operates at the tip of a diamond for Juventus and Chile, indicating that neither manager trusts the 28-year-old to provide more defensive solidity.
Despite those reports, The Evening Standard indicates that William Carvalho is Wenger’s preferred choice, with Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin set to join Manchester United.
A move for Carvalho would prove to be shrewd from Wenger given his current profile as a player. His arrival also wouldn’t spell imminent danger for Coquelin given his tender age and relative inexperience.
As a player, the Portuguese star is one the boss would be able to shape and mould into a complete midfielder – a potential he can definitely reach.
Also, Arteta, despite lacking in physical potential, gave the boss a crucial option by being able to start attacks from deep such is his quality on the ball.
While Coquelin is very much in the tackling mould, Carvalho can also pick out a pass from deep and play the ‘quarterback’ role.
Carvalho has all the hallmarks of an Arsenal signing which will hopefully be the final piece in the jigsaw as we aim to sustain a title charge.
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