So now that Cesc Fabregas has finally departed, who will Wenger get to fill the gap? And perhaps more importantly will he actually buy anyone? OR should Wenger revert back to 4-4-2 if he decides to keep the squad he has?
With Wenger gaining at least £30m for Fabregas, he has cash to spend, but we all know how stubborn the Frenchman is. I can easily see him saying “We have a large squad, we have the ‘quality’ we need”.
So lets look at Arsenal’s current midfielders that can play in the attacking midfield position:
Samir Nasri – Last year of his contract, it has been reported that he will not renew and is subject to a bid from Manchester City. So Nasri is by no means a ready-replacement, unless he commits to the Gunners.
Aaron Ramsey – The young Welshman has become Cesc’s replacement when Nasri has been injured. Has good distribution although realistically lacks the ability to consistently conjure up the incisive pass.
Jack Wilshire – The even younger Englishman is probably Arsenal’s most talented midfielder (after Nasri), however he seems to lack the finese needed for finishing, but his through balls can be superb. I’m unsure as to whether Wilshire should play solely in a more attacking role as he is extremely useful defensively in the midfield, but could be the spearhead of a 4-4-2 formation.
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Thomas Rosicky – A few years back Rosicky was a handy player, but now I feel he is more of a impact substitute rather than a first-team regular.
The most probable transfer candidates are:
Jadson- The Brazilian playmaker has apparently impressed Wenger enough during Arsenal’s Champions League matches against Shakhtar Donetsk to head the queue to join the Gunners. “I can confirm Jadson is wanted by Arsenal,” said Shakhtar Donetsk manager Lucescu. “Now it all depends on him.”
Juan Mata- The Valencia winger has become subject to non-stop speculation linking him with a move to North London. Although it seems unlikely that Wenger will make a move for the 23 year old spaniard after denying speculation, he would be a great asset for the Gunners. Skybet has placed a switch to Arsenal at a decent 4/9.
Eden Hazard- Wenger is known to be an admirer of the young Belgium international who has become one of the most sought after young players. Hazard has impressed for Lille and has become a full Belguim international, becoming a very influential player and hot property. He is considered to be Wenger’s ideal Cesc successor, but his club have stood strong and are unwilling to do business this summer with their prized asset.
The future is looking grim if Wenger doesn’t sign anyone. If this is the case then I believe we should shift back to a 4-4-2 formation with Wilshire and Song in the middle and Van Persie with Chamakh or Walcott up top perhaps?
So who would you pick as Cesc’s successor? Leave a comment below.