Many fans and pundits have recently commented on the fact that Arsenal are “2 or 3 signings away” from being strong title contenders. One of these signings should be a CDM – Central Defensive Midfielder – and here are 5 Arsenal could sign!
Arsenal have already signed 4 players this summer, however many question their options for the holding midfield role. Despite having new-skipper Arteta, 30 year-old Mathieu Flamini, Francis Coquelin and England international Jack Wilshere available to play in the defensive-midfield role, fans have been screaming for an experienced CDM who can provide strong cover for the often weak Arsenal defense. With Wenger open to the option of buying more players, below are 2 defensive midfielder’s that Wenger could buy before the close of the summer transfer window.
Sami Khedira: 27 years old – Real Madrid
The World-Cup and Champions-League winner is more than capable of becoming Arsenal’s new anchorman in midfield and, at the age of 27, is approaching his prime years as a footballer. The question is; will or would Madrid manager Ancelotti allow Khedira to leave?
The German was recently left out of Ancelotti’s squad during the Spanish Super Cup defeat as well as the Uefa Super Cup win over Sevilla either.
Rumours currently state that the German international could be available for as low as £12 million after previously valued at £25million by the Spanish giants and after recently splashing-the-cash on James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, it would make sense for the club to be looking to clear some of their debt. The recently quoted fee would prove decent in the eye’s of Arsene Wenger who have already spent well over £50million so far this summer.
Possibility of signing: 65%
William Carvalho – 22 years old – Sporting Lisbon
Portugese midfielder William Carvalho has recently grabbed attention from fans after an impressive season with Sporting Lisbon. Carvalho is compared with the likes of Yaya Toure and Patrick Vieira for his stature, strength and tackling. Carvalho can also play as a centre back as well as in the holding position which may encourage Wenger especially after the recent sale of Vermaelen to Barcelona. A chunky asking price, however, of £26million may hault Wenger from signing the young and 6foot 1inch powerhouse despite his potential. But it is thought that Wenger is really interested in the 22-year-old.
Possibility of signing: 50%
Above are 2 players who have been linked with and more importantly could realistically join the Gunners but, with Wenger’s secretive style of operating in the transfer market, a different defensive midfielder could already be in talks with the club and the public wouldn’t even know.