The defensive frailties of Arsenal’s midfield have gone on long enough. Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini might provide adequate cover for the backline against more rank and file opposition, but their lack of height and power has undoubtedly cost the Gunners heavily against the Premier League’s big boys this season.
In terms of low-budget solutions, it’s hard to look past former Emirates star Alex Song. They say you should never go back in football but the 26 year-old represents everything the Gunners engine room desperately needs.
His 6 foot 2 frame boasts power, strength and aerial prowess, whilst during the 39-cap Cameroon international’s final campaign at the Emirates, he racked up 14 assists in all competitions, so there should be no doubt over his ability on the deck.
The African midfielder left North London for Barcelona in summer 2012 in a £15million deal, but his Nou Camp tenure has been lukewarm to say the least.
The 26 year-old has gone on to make just 36 La Liga appearances since, most commonly featuring from the bench and in his less-favoured centre-back role. Resultantly, it’s believed both Song and the Spanish giants are prepared to move on this summer, and the powerful midfielder could be available for as little as £8million, according to some sources.