Arsenal’s search for a defensive midfielder has seen several players linked to the club as a result. Along these lines, there are reports that Arsenal is planning a bid for German and Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira.
Although, reports such as these are most likely to fall within the scale of pinch of salt than a bowl of water. Speculations as this will no doubt rumble on until it is either denied or confirmed.
The midfielder who saw his season at Real Madrid cut short by an anterior cruciate ligament injury in November 2013, was able to get back in time for Germany’s pick for the World Cup.
In terms of what he might bring to Arsenal’s midfield, this much is debatable. Although, the defensive midfielder, he no doubt, like a furore up front, he is more in the mode of a technical midfielder that will keep the ball moving and will make the odd interceptions than one who will go into tackles will full throttle at the centre of the pack.
His style of play is quite different from anything the club fans have come to know. If anything his basic strengths lies in his ability to make key passes than his tackling. The 6ft 2in midfielder can certainly bring height to Arsenal’s midfield. Something the club has lacked for several seasons since Gilberto Silva and Patrick Vieira left the scene.
In his position, at present in the club, are Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini. Arsene Wenger’s reluctance to use the latter during the second half of last season even when it was clear that Mikel Arteta was looking lethargic spoke that he does not rate him highly. The Frenchman lacks that cool head and technique to add something to the midfield apart from his tenacity and energy he brings when he plays. But, his needless red card against Southampton in January at Saint Mary’s must have made Arsene Wenger to scale down his trust in him.
Whoever comes into that position, Mathieu Flamini might be the one to suffer from lack of playing time than the much criticized Mikel Arteta. The Spaniard brings something to Arsenal’s midfield that others don’t. That game intelligence of committing tactical fouls, something the Frenchman can learn from. But his legs can no longer carry him. One good thing going for Mathieu Flamini is that he remains a versatile player, who can feature at right and left back in the event of injury.
Arsene Wenger is never known for rotating his players during the course of a season, mostly due to lack of trust in the reserves ability. But should a player in the mode of Sami Khedira joins the fold? It only means more quality and as such, the squad can easily be rotated without lowing it standard.
As such, everybody can be kept happy.