Whilst the notion of signing brand new players with every passing transfer window can’t be seen as an overly sustainable approach, Arsenal have arguably left themselves with no choice but to spend this January after enduring such an inactive summer transfer period.
The usual mid-season ‘injury-curse’ has come back around to haunt the Emirates faithful in predictable style once again this term, as each of Santi Cazorla, Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey have all been frustratingly side-lined already.
However, after the most recent injury affliction suffered by Francis Coquelin this season, Arsenal fans simply had their worse fears confirmed. Many considered Arsene Wenger’s title hopes well and truly scuppered after hearing the news – for without a recognised defensive midfielder in place to hold things down at the Emirates, the Gunners could easily return to their formally vulnerable selves.
Yet because long-term transfer target – Adrien Rabiot – has reportedly expressed a desire to leave PSG on loan this winter, has an ideal new first team candidate finally emerged for Arsene Wenger, or should Arsenal maintain faith in their current squad and ultimately look past the young Frenchman this January?
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Well, although Mathieu Flamini would likely consider himself worthy of stepping up to the plate in the absence of Francis Coquelin at the Emirates, the former AC Milan man simply fails to represent the title winning quality Arsenal need on board this season to truly record a successful campaign. For the fact that several additional injury doubts also surround the ageing Mikel Arteta this season, the Gunners must move for a new defensive midfielder sooner rather than later.
It was a move that arguably should have taken place before the 2015/16 campaign even begun, whilst Wenger still had time to extend his squad over this year’s summer transfer period. Every football fan outside the Emirates hierarchy was aware of Arsenal’s need to strengthen this term – but as the club notoriously failed to sign a single outfield player over the summer, the Gunners boardroom staff seemingly had other ideas in mind.
At this stage in the league proceedings however, that rather questionable decision has certainly come round to bite the Emirates faithful just when their side seemed to be picking up some real momentum in the English top-flight.
Although he admittedly remains a mere 20-years-old right in the here and now, Adrien Rabiot would subsequently represent the ideal defensive midfield target for Arsene Wenger to cast his eye over this January. The player himself is reportedly keen on moving on from PSG soon, he has already amassed a fair amount of Ligue 1 and Champions League experience for someone so young – and whilst Arsenal arguably require a little more substance to boost their overall ranks this winter – signing Rabiot would nonetheless prove an ideal place to start.
When it comes to taking possession off defenders calmly out from the back, displaying a range of vision that even someone of Andrea Pirlo’s undisputed class would likely admire, and simply making the right decisions time and time again in the middle of the park for PSG – this is a player who many Premier League clubs would love to have in their current options.
The up and coming French defensive midfielder would fit it perfectly with the style of football played under Arsene Wenger, whilst also offering the long-term Gunners boss a desperately needed option to help lift the injury-ridden burden currently afflicting his team.
Working alongside the equally gifted likes of Mesut Ozil and co. down at the Emirates in 2015/16, the emerging Ligue 1 star – who has been involved in the French national team from U16 to U21 level thus far – would seemingly provide Arsenal fans with yet another technically gifted midfield asset to count up this campaign, as well as someone more than willing to put his foot in when it matters most.
In the end, Arsenal would be mad not to move for Adrien Rabiot this winter. The player himself won’t be issued with a great deal of first team action once the PSG midfield returns to full fitness, the Emirates faithful certainly wouldn’t take long to align themselves with the impressive young Frenchman on the back of his rather stylish approach – and as Arsenal require a new defensive midfielder more than anything else in winter – the Gunners are left with no choice but to take pragmatic action once the January transfer window finally begins.