I wouldn’t say no if another joined the ranks but do our Premiership hopes really depend on the arrival of a defensive midfielder. The question that springs to my mind is when will he play?
Ninety per cent of teams that come to the Emirates park the proverbial bus and only venture into our half when a break is on; so, it seems to me that a team geared to breaking down a defence using fast interplay is more effective than the addition of a more defensive player.
If we are playing Fulham at home what better midfield could we wish for other than Rosicky, Fabregas, Nasri, Arshavin. The task in hand that day, like so many others, would be to find a way past the crowd of bodies gathered around the eighteen yard line, a job that this midfield combination was born for, so where, and more importantly, why would you put a DM in there?
If we look at it another way there seems to be little point in buying a DM unless he is an established, high profile name and if that were the case he would inevitably expect to get first team football every week and this, using the example above, would be more of a hindrance than a help.
There will of course be those games when we will need a bit more steel, someone to shield the defence, but what makes this requirement difficult to fulfil is that this player will have to be prepared to sit on the bench for the long periods only stepping in for this kind of game or when there is an injury.
So we need a couple or three versatile players that can come in when needed but are also prepared to wait on the bench….and with that job requirement in mind Denilson, Song and even Diaby seem absolutely perfect.
When writing this, it struck me just how awesome the midfield combination of Rosicky, Fabregas, Nasri, Arshavin, really is. The more I look at it the more I convince myself that I don’t think I have ever seen a more skilful Arsenal midfield.