With Cesc Fabregas returning to the side, either one of the three of Song, Denilson and Diaby will have to battle to partner the Arsenal skipper but is Song the best fit?
Arsenal are a fantastically gifted team with one of the best attacking midfields in the world. We have however missed the protection in midfield that lets our creative attacking midfielders go and play whilst being safe in the knowledge that the backline is protected.
All the best teams in the world have a midfielder of this type, Milan have Gattuso , Barcelona have Yaya and Inter have Cambiasso. Flamini used to play this position to an extent but he wasn’t always as imposing as he should have been.
We have known for quite a while that we are missing a strong defensive midfielder which has lead to a huge amount of speculation linking us with various players, the most persistent probably being Yaya Toure. This realisation has led many, including myself, to ask why we haven’t signed a defensive midfielder?
Could we already have seen the solution to our problems in an Arsenal shirt already? Could Alex Song be the man to step up and play this role? It could be a bit premature to claim that Alex Song is the solution to Arsenals problem defensive midfield role and that he is the missing piece in the Arsenal midfield, but his recent performances in that role have been fantastic and he seems to give the midfield more solidity than they had previously.
Denilson and Diaby have both tried to fill this role with Denilson appearing too lightweight but positionally sound and Diaby being too keen to get forward and too frivolous in possession but a great winner of the ball. Song appears to fit the bill and the 21 year old looks to grow in stature and confidence every game he plays.
The attacking options we have now are simply fantastic especially with Theo being back in the team and Arshavin looking like he has played with us for years, but we still need that stability in midfield that only good defensive midfielder brings. Many will see the idea of a sitting defensive midfielder in the Arsernal team as hindering Arsenals creativity but I feel it would actually help it by giving the attacking midfielders freedom to play while someone else looks after things at the back.
Guest Written by Danny Watson, a professional sports writer who blogs about football news.
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