Arsene Wenger ruled out another midfield signing having secured Granit Xhaka from Borussia Mönchengladbach earlier in the season, according to Arsenal.com.
The Gunners released veterans Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta during the summer but Arsene Wenger is satisfied with his current midfield options.
“We lost three midfielders: Flamini, Rosicky and Arteta, and numbers-wise we are quite solid in midfield now,” Wenger told Arsenal’s official website.
The Frenchman will have a plethora of talent to chose from with a few key players returning from injuries. The likes of Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Francis Coquelin spent lengthy spells on the sidelines last season and Wenger will be hoping to have the trio match fit in time for the opening fixture against Liverpool.
Mohamed Elneny made quite an impression during his debut season and will be hoping to build on his performances. Aaron Ramsey on the other hand has routinely featured on the flanks for Arsenal but will be hoping to create a mark from the middle of the park having impressed for Wales in the Euros.
“Elneny had a big impact when he came here, Coquelin was injured for a long time and is back. Cazorla will come back, Wilshere is back so we are solid in midfield,” Wenger added.
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The Arsenal boss reserved special praise for new signing Granit Xhaka who he believes will prove to be a major coup for the North London club.
“[Xhaka brings] his passing ability to play through the lines from deep positions, his work rate, and he’s good in the air,” Wenger said.
“He’s a young boy as well, 23 years old. There’s a lot to come from him.”
Given Arsenal’s history with injuries, Wenger will benefit from having more options to his expense which will further allow him to rotate his starting eleven in order to meet tactical needs. Xhaka’s addition will add another dimension to Arsenal’s game, with the Swiss international capable of doing the dirty work when needed while being equally competent of feeding accurate long balls for the attacking players to feed on.