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Could this troublemaker solve Arsenal’s midfield conundrum?

Date: 13th August 2014 at 6:33pm
Written by Christy Malyan

I cannot stress the importance of Arsenal signing a holding midfielder this summer if they intend to challenge for next season's Premier League title. £37million signing Alexis Sanchez possesses the ability to become a talisman for the Gunners and has made an enormous statement of their revived pulling power in the transfer market. Right-back Mathieu Debuchy and goalkeeper David Ospina are strong additions too, whilst former Southampton youngster Calum Chambers is an impressive long-term investment. But their potential to awaken the north Londoners from their dormant state in the English title race will always be capped without a player who can bring structure, physicality and defensive awareness to Arsenal's midfield. Last season, Arsene Wenger's side claimed just six points against top five opposition and lost all of their four away fixtures with an aggregate score of 20-4. Three of the contests, against Liverpool, City and Chelsea, were over within the first half hour. That is evidence enough that, even if Arsenal can carve up the Premier League's rank-and-file sides with their definitive brand of one-touch football, their balance against high-quality opposition must change. Simply put, the Gunners are far too vulnerable on the counter-attack and this weakness has become dangerously obvious over the ... Read More


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