Arsenal’s search for a defensive midfielder has seen them been linked with various players over the last few weeks.
Reports suggested Arsenal had contacted Bayern Munich for the services of David Alaba who although plays as left back, wants to play as a defensive midfielder. However the Austrian declared his commitment to Bayern. A move to bring back Alex Song was also mentioned but speculation has cooled since then.
Paul Pogba of Juventus has been linked with a £15 million move to the Emirates but the player has no need to leave being a first team regular and winning the Scudetto last season. Then there is Lars Bender. Bayer Leverkusen are set for a difficult summer with Andre Schurrle destined to complete his move to Chelsea and Bender attracting a lot of interest. Despite his ability, Wenger has other players above him on his transfer list.
Maxime Gonalons has been a target since mid-March but interest in him and Lyon team mate Clement Grenier has seem to have cooled although Etienne Capoue of Toulouse looks to have caught the eye of Wenger.
Youngster Matthias Ginter has emerged as a transfer target but his move would be one for the future rather than for the first team. Ilkay Gundogan was also tipped to be the latest star to leave Borussia Dortmund to join the Gunners but that move is unlikely although would be a brilliant capture should Wenger make the signing
The only two names that seem like genuine targets as Victor Wanyama of Celtic and Everton’s Marouane Fellaini. Wanyama was a January target but Celtic refused to entertain the idea of selling but have accepted they are resigned to losing the tough tackling midfielder. Manchester United were thought to be interested but have since looked at other players with David Moyes not interested and Michal Carrick showing his talents in the position.
Arsenal however are still on the look out with Abou Diaby struggling to get over his injuries and Mikel Arteta playing out of position to cover. Wanyama has shown on several occasions his talent and a move to a bigger club is just an eventuality. His build makes him strong and his confidence on the ball is something Arsenal can develop.
Fellaini is a different type of player but equally as effective. His tall build makes him odds on to win aerial duels while his touch for a big man is exquisite. He has Premier League experience and can play defensively and offensively. He is a key part of the ‘golden generation’ of Belgium and is set to follow David Moyes out of Everton. His release clause is around £22-24 million with Arsenal reportedly set to activate it.
Every day a new defensive midfielder is linked with a move to North London but these are nothing but rumours, I expect Fellaini, Capoue or Wanyama to make the move.