Whilst Arsene Wenger selling Robin Van Persie last summer was understandable given the Dutchman’s contract situation, less easy to understand was the decision to ship Alex Song off to Barcelona.
As the only proven defensive midfielder at the club, he had garnered a certain importance and he provided a surprising number of assists for Arsenal’s forwards. Yes, he was a little too ill-disciplined, but at the time he looked like one of the best players in his position.
Since his exit Arsenal have been lacking in this department. Francis Coquelin looks like he good transform into a good player, but he’s not quite there yet. This has caused Arsene Wenger to experiment with playing Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey in the holding role, with mixed levels of success.
Is it too much to ask Wenger to buy and out-and-out defensive midfielder to help provide Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla with the protection they sorely need? Arsenal are a slight, small easily bullied team who could use a little more physicality.
Manchester United on the other hand, have plenty of competitive players who fight for each other and put in plenty of tackles. And yet with certain members of the midfield facing retirement (including one particularly gifted red-head) this is an area that Sir Alex will have to assess.
I’m not surprised, therefore, that United have been linked to Celtic’s battling Kenyan midfielder, Victor Wanyama, as have Arsenal.
According to the President of the Kenyan FA, Wanyama is all set for a move to a big club: “Wanyama will soon be joining one of the big two clubs in the world. It is an exciting moment for us, which means that Kenya is a powerhouse in football.”
The Scotsman has done a little more digging and decided that the two clubs in question here are Arsenal and Manchester United.
I have to say, he’d be an excellent addition for either team. He could help Arsenal battle for fourth place, or Manchester United secure the Premier League title. At just 21-years-old, he has shown so much potential and looks to be getting better and better with each passing game. That’s the reason why he has already earned a £10m price-tag.
At the moment, it strikes me that Arsenal have the more pressing need for a player of this ilk. Whoever wins this particular transfer battle, however, is in for a real treat.
What’s your take? Should Victor Wanyama head to Arsenal or Manchester United?
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